Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself

 The narrative works of Frederick Douglass engage learners in the topic of slavery. They will experience American history in a new way, a Douglass expresses his thoughts in his own words. Pupils then interpret this literary work.   

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Number students 1-5 and assign them the tasks with their number (all #1's will do task 1, all #2's will do task 2 and so forth) instead of group work make it all individual
  • Have partners or groups compare and contrast what they know about Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and collaborately write two paragraphs
  • Use highlighters and sticky notes to mark the text
Classroom Considerations
  • Excellent resource for Black History mMonth
  • Team up with history teachers and expand the exercise
  • Highlighters and sticky notes are a must for this lesson
  • Make a copy of text for each individual in the class
  • Unit assignment encompasses all literacy components
  • Can be used for history class too
  • Excellent discussion starter for Black History Month
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