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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Book Study - Teaching Guide is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Grades 6-8. Designed for as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire, students will be able to self-direct their study in many cases, making it perfect for in-person or distance learning. Please note, however, that this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

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  • Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities List
  • Reading: Informational Focus articles and corresponding CCSS-aligned Comprehension Check questions on
    • The Genre of Historical Narrative
    • History of Slavery Around the World
    • Slavery in the Modern World
    • Biography of Frederick Douglass

  • Pre-Reading Anticipation/Reaction Guide
  • Active Reading Guide: Note-Taking and Summarizing
  • Reading Comprehension and Literary Analysis Questions
  • Vocabulary Lists: one with, and one without definitions (L.6.6; L.7.6; L.8.6)
  • Comprehensive defined list of Allusions and Terminology (L.6.6; L.7.6; L.8.6)

  • CCSS: Informational Focus lessons:
    • Impact of Word Choice ( RI.6.4, RI.6.6, L.6.5; RI.7.4; RI.8.4)
    • Assessing a Narrative (RI.6.2, RI.6.3; RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.8.3 )
    • Text Structure and Organization ( RI.6.3, RI.6.5, RI.6.8; RI.7.5, RI.7.8; RI.8.5, RI.8.8)
    • Analyzing Argument and Point of View (RI.6.6; RI.7.6; RI.8.6)
    • Identifying Theme and Central Idea (RI.6.2; RI.7.2; RI.8.2)
    • Poetry (RI.7.5, RI.8.5)

  • CCSS Reading: Literature Focus on Poetry (RL.7.5, RL.8.6)

  • CCSS Writing Focus activities and lessons, including:
    • The Power of Words ( W.6.4, W.6.10; W.7.4, W.7.10; W.8.10)
    • Using Precise Language (W.6.2.D; W.7.2.D, L.7.3.A; W.8.2.D)
    • Writing Persuasively (W.6.1, W.6.1.B; W.7.1, W.7.1.B; W.8.1, W.8.1.B)
    • Writing Informational and Explanatory Texts (W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.2.A, W.6.5; W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.2.A, W.7.5; W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.2.A, W.8.5)
    • Research Project (W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, W.6.7; W.7.4, W.7.5, W.7.6, W.7.7; W.8.5, W.8.6, W.8.7, W.8.8)

  • CCSS Speaking and Listening Focus on a Research Project (SL.6.1.A, SL.6.1.B; SL.7.1.A, SL.7.1.B, SL.7.4, SL.8.1.A, SL.8.1.B, SL.8.4)

  • CCSS Language Focus activities and lessons on The Power of Words ( L.6.5.C, L.7.5.C, L.8.4, L.8.5.C) and Using Precise Language (L.6.3.A; L.7.3.A ; L.8.1.B, L.8.1.C, L.8.1.D)

  • Reaching Quizzes
  • Two Final Exams, one entirely multiple choice
  • Final Vocabulary Exam
  • List of Post-Reading and Extension Ideas
  • List of Essay Prompts and Creative Writing Ideas
  • Teacher Guide, including:
    • Sample Teacher Agenda
    • Notes to the Teacher
    • Letter to Parents
    • Summary of the Novel
    • Persuasive Writing Rubric
    • Informational and Explanatory Texts Rubric
    • Presentation Rubric
    • Two Project Rubrics
    • Answer Key
    • Common Core Alignment Documentation

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Spell correctly.
Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.


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