Nat Turner’s Revolt and Its Effects

Lesson 5: Student presentations

Time Estimated: 1 days



Students will:

  1. Share either their article or cartoon created the day before with their partner.
  2. Determine the point of view presented in their classmates’ work.
  3. State their personal perspective on the events of the rebellion and the aftermath.







  1. Explain/model how students are to present their work.
  2. Set purpose for listening to classmates’ presentations: afterwards the class must decide on the perspective portrayed.
  3. Partners read their articles/show their cartoons.
  4. Class decides what perspective the work portrays.
  5. As each perspective is identified, the teacher will write a sentence identifying the perspective on the board.
  6. Once all students have presented, the class will discuss whether any voices / perspectives are missing.
  7. Discuss what the students’ own perspectives are. Do they think Turner was justified in his actions? How would they have voted had they been on the Virginia legislature?




If students have trouble identifying the perspectives, I will provide clues and will have partners presenting provide clues or re-read specific parts of their writing that reflect the author’s perspective. I will also make sure to have copies made of the writing and cartoons, so that those who are not auditory learners can read and look at their classmates’ work as it is begin presented. I will allow for students to talk over the perspectives with group members before deciding on the perspective as well, if this is necessary.