Press Release

Share My Lesson Posts Lessons on Nelson Mandela to Coincide with Upcoming Motion Picture “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Janet Bass

Exclusive clips of the movie are currently available on the site

WASHINGTON—Share My Lesson, the nation's largest online site for teaching resources, has posted lesson plans and other materials about former prisoner and South African President Nelson Mandela to coincide with the upcoming release of the feature film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

Share My Lesson is partnering with the film's producers, The Weinstein Company, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring this unique, high-quality, multimedia resource to classrooms nationwide. The lesson plans for grades 9-12, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, are available for educators, parents and other registered members, free of charge, at

In addition, Share My Lesson and The Weinstein Company are offering educators who download the resources a chance to take their class of 30 students to see the movie. Three exclusive movie clips are now available for view at, in addition to primary sources made accessible thanks to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

"The lessons based on this rare and true hero are multidimensional and multidisciplinary. Teachers will be able to show clips of the movie in class to bring Mandela's incredible story alive and lead students through discussions that will help broaden their thinking about Mandela's imprisonment, his yearning for a democratic and nondiscriminatory country, and the legacy of his sacrifice and accomplishments," said AFT President Randi Weingarten.

The motion picture tells the inspirational story of Mandela, from his humble beginnings in Transkei, South Africa, to his 27-year incarceration for treason, to his eventual release to become the president of a fully participatory democratic South Africa. Mandela's story and the film provide educators with an opportunity to dive into the issues of freedom and forgiveness, equality and equanimity, reconciliation and redemption. The movie opens in select cities Nov. 29, with a nationwide release Dec. 25.


Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.5 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes.  TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH. Currently in release are UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, THE GRANDMASTER and SALINGER. Upcoming releases include MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, a registered Trust, is a human rights-oriented not-for-profit organization.  The Foundation delivers to the world an integrated and dynamic information resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and promotes the search for sustainable solutions to critical social problems through memory-based dialogue interventions and tangible activations to realize the legacy of Madiba.


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.