Frederick Douglass's Fourth of July Speech is a
compelling condemnation of slavery in the United States.
The speech is full of passion and effective rhetorical devices.
I use this resource to introduce the power of rhetoric to my kids.
Students are asked to imagine that they are members of the 1852 Rochester audience while they read and analyze Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
There are 27 questions about
---rhetorical devices, and
Throughout the questions are prompts that begin "as a member of the audience...."
Students are encouraged to respond with comments about their reactions and feelings about Douglass's remarks.
After analysis of the speech, students are assigned their own speech:
"Now, as a member of the audience that day in 1852, an abolitionist, imagine that you called a meeting for your coterie of reformers.
Write the speech that you would deliver to them.
A speech that would call on your members to arouse a storm, a whirlwind, an earthquake.
A speech that would initiate real change for the black man in America."
I provide specific directions for intro, body, and conclusion.
I also provide a scoring rubric.
A transcript of the speech is included in the packet.
I use clear font and provided space for student responses.
There are several relevant graphics.
I used Microsoft 2010 to create this document, so it is editable.
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