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The Text: Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)
Transcript of The Text: Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)
1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with “little white boys”?
Douglass was specific about making friends with "little white boys" because...
2. How did Douglass learn how to read when running errands?
Douglass learned to read on his errands by...
During his errands, Douglass learned to read by...
3. In what ways does Douglass’ life differ from the white boys’ lives?
Douglas' life differs from the lives of white boys because...
The life of Douglass is in contrast with the lives of white boys because...
4. Douglass is describing events from the past. These “boys” are now adult men, so why would he avoid giving their names?
Douglass avoids giving their names because...
Douglass does not wish to expose their names because..
5. Which of these meanings of “trouble” is Douglass using? Why did he choose this word? How would the meaning have changed if he had chosen the word “anger”?
The meaning of "trouble" that Douglass uses is...
He chose to use this word because...
If he had used the word "anger" the meaning would change because...
6. Why does Douglass describe the master’s response as both “desired” and “unexpected”? Why the contrast between these two words?
Douglass describes the master's reponse as both "desired" and "unexpected" because...
The contrast between the words is...
7. Explain the irony implicit in Douglass’ observation that “it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.”
7. When Douglass says, “They gave tongue to interesting thoughts”, how is he using the word “tongue”?
The word "tongue" is used to describe ....
Douglass' use of the word "tongue" is meant to convey...
8. What moral did Douglass learn from these books?
From these books, Douglass learned that...
The moral learned from these books is...
9. How can documents “enable” him to “utter [his] thoughts” or write?
Documents "enable" Douglass to utter or write his thoughts by...
10. In what ways is Douglas saying slaveholders are like robbers? Find and explore the structure of the sentence that gives voice to this idea most clearly.
Slaveholders are like robbers because in the sentence...
11. What prediction did Douglass’ owner make about what would happen if he learned to read? Did it come true? Why or why not?
Douglass' owners predicted that his learning to read would...
This prediction did/didn't come true because...
12. What is the horrible pit? Why does Douglass envy someone’s stupidity?
I believe the horrible pit is...
The horrible pit that Douglass speaks of is...
Douglass envies(is jelouse of) a person's stupidity because...
Students will explore the point of view
of a man who survived slavery.
Students will read & reread the passage closley and have classroom discussions about Fredrick Douglas' experience. (CCSS - RL8.1,8.2,8.3,8.4 & SL8.1,8.3)
- Students will also write an explanatory paragraph using their understanding of the word choices, emotions expressed in the selection to present their opinions about what Dougals is trying to convey. (CCSS W8.1,8.4,)
13. Why is freedom tormenting Douglass?
Freedom is a torment for Douglass because...
Douglass is tormented by freedom because...
errand - chore
bestow - give
gratitude - thankfulness
prudence - being wise/careful
shipyard - where ships are built
disposed - throw out
emancipation - realease
Catholic emancipation - full rights
utterance - speak aloud
denunciation - disapproval
sustain - continue
abhor - hate
writhed - suffered
wretched - horrible
animate - alive
trump - advantage
Take out the Fredrick Douglas passage and the packet
Take out a highlighter and a pencil.
Raise your hand if you need a highlighter or a pencil.