Four men physically restrain an angry man who lunges with fists clenched toward another man in a jury room.
Cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheldon Epps. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Twelve Angry Men Teaching Resources

Prepare students to attend, study and process Twelve Angry Men.

Our production resources incorporate ELA and Social Studies curricula, and adhere to Common Core standards. We offer pre-show materials, such as character descriptions and common legal terms that will be helpful in studying the play. Print out copies of our Student Program to share on the bus ride home from the show. Afterwards, engage in a grade-appropriate lesson plan or guided discussion to help students reflect upon their experience.

Common Core Standards


Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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.

Learning ObjectivesIdentify biases presented in the play and in the broader world
Understand the implications of implicit bias
Recognize and communicate ideas about their own identity
Guiding QuestionsHow do implicit biases affect everyday events?
How do implicit biases contribute to larger institutional policies?

Classroom Resources

Use these classroom resources to enhance your student’s experience.