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  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845) Unit One, lesson Two: ever-changing identities in adolescent literature

  2. 1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with “little white boys”? • Me: • Class:

  3. 2. How did Douglass learn how to read while running errands? • Me: • Class:

  4. 3. In what ways does Douglass’s life differ from the “white boys’” lives? • Me: • Class:

  5. 5. Which of these meanings of “trouble” is Douglass using? Why did he choose this word? How would the meaning have changed if he’d chosen the word “anger”? • This question pertains to the last sentence in paragraph one that begins: “These words used to trouble them…” • Me: • Class:

  6. 4. Douglass is describing events from the past. These “boys” are now adult men, so why would he avoid giving their names? • Me: • Class:

  7. Let’s write a paragraph to summarize Douglass’s first paragraph. • Intro Sentence: • First Body sentence: • Second Body sentence: • Third Body sentence: • Concluding sentence:

  8. Let’s read the second paragraph.

  9. 6. Why does Douglass describe the master’s response as both “desired” and “unexpected”? Why the contrast between these two words? • Me: • Class:

  10. 7. When Douglass says, “They gave tongue to interesting thoughts,” how is he using the word “tongue”? • Me: • Class:

  11. 8. What moral did Douglass learn from these books? • Me: • Class:

  12. 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? • Me: Class:

  13. 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. • Me: • Class:

  14. 11. What prediction did Douglass’s owner make about what would happen if he learned to read? Did it come true? Why or why not? • Me: • Class:

  15. 12. What is the horrible pit? Why does Douglass envy someone’s stupidity? • Me: • Class:

  16. 13. Why is freedom tormenting Douglass? • Me: • Class:

  17. Now, let’s write a paragraph that analyzes Douglass’s 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 Douglass’s observation that “it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.” • Irony=contradiction