Nat Turner Rebellion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, teach your students about the Nat Turner Rebellion. They will analyze this event as well as the most famous images of it and learn to look for biases in primary sources.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the historical circumstances that led to the Nat Turner Rebellion
  • explain what happened during the Nat Turner Rebellion and when
  • summarize how the Nat Turner Rebellion influenced the institution of slavery in America


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.


  • Printed copies of the Nat Turner Rebellion: Summary & Facts text lesson
  • Printed copies of the lesson's quiz
  • Paper
  • Pencils and/or pens
  • Digital copies of the lesson's last two images to be projected for the class
  • Printed copies of the 'A Horrid Massacre in Virginia' cartoon of the Nat Turner Rebellion, one for each student

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