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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845). Unit One, lesson Two: ever-changing identities in adolescent literature. 1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with “little white boys”?. Me: Class:.

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)

Unit One, lesson Two: ever-changing identities in adolescent literature


1 why is douglass specific about making friends with little white boys

1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with little white boys?

  • Me:

  • Class:


2 how did douglass learn how to read while running errands

2. How did Douglass learn how to read while running errands?

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3 in what ways does douglass s life differ from the white boys lives

3. In what ways does Douglasss life differ from the white boys lives?

  • Me:

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

5. Which of these meanings of trouble is Douglass using? Why did he choose this word? How would the meaning have changed if hed chosen the word anger?

  • This question pertains to the last sentence in paragraph one that begins: These words used to trouble them

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

4. Douglass is describing events from the past. These boys are now adult men, so why would he avoid giving their names?

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Let s write a paragraph to summarize douglass s first paragraph

Lets write a paragraph to summarize Douglasss first paragraph.

  • Intro Sentence:

  • First Body sentence:

  • Second Body sentence:

  • Third Body sentence:

  • Concluding sentence:


Let s read the second paragraph

Lets read the second paragraph.


Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

6. Why does Douglass describe the masters response as both desired and unexpected? Why the contrast between these two words?

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7 when douglass says they gave tongue to interesting thoughts how is he using the word tongue

7. When Douglass says, They gave tongue to interesting thoughts, how is he using the word tongue?

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8 what moral did douglass learn from these books

8. What moral did Douglass learn from these books?

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

9. How does the word enable change the meaning of the line it appears in? How can documents enable him to utter [his] thoughts or write?

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

10. In what ways is Douglass saying slaveholders are like robbers? Find and explore the structure of the sentence that gives voice to this idea most clearly.

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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

11. What prediction did Douglasss owner make about what would happen if he learned to read? Did it come true? Why or why not?

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12 what is the horrible pit why does douglass envy someone s stupidity

12. What is the horrible pit? Why does Douglass envy someones stupidity?

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13 why is freedom tormenting douglass

13. Why is freedom tormenting Douglass?

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Now let s write a paragraph that analyzes douglass s text

Now, lets write a paragraph that analyzes Douglasss text.

  • To do so, spell out your answers to questions 5 and 6 in greater detail using evidence drawn from the text.

  • OR

  • Explain the irony in Douglasss observation that it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.

  • Irony=contradiction


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