"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass

"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
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"A Parody" by Frederick Douglass

"A Parody" is a poem that parodies an old religious hymn called "Heavenly Union." I love this poem because it shows Douglass's sassy, straightforward, no-nonsense personality. The poem mocks religious people who treat slaves poorly but go to church and worship. My students would say, "Shots fired!" because Douglass really launches into pointing out hypocrisy. The rhythm and rhyme scheme of the poem drives home the theme and purpose, which students will be analyzing with this one-class-period task. They will also write their own parody about an issue they feel strongly about. This task is designed for collaborative groups, but it can be done individually if you want to use it as a sub plan.

This lesson is part of my Frederick Douglass bundle from 2015, but I decided to offer parts of it as well for those who would like a smaller portion. If you want more of Frederick Douglass, visit Frederick Douglass Bundle.

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