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Practice with Rhetorical Analysis— Frederick Douglass’s “Learning to Read”

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Frederick Douglass, in “Learning to Read,” an excerpt from Chapter 7 of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, demonstrates the connection between reading and freedom.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class.

Students will view supporting video clips on Frederick Douglass, slavery, and modern day Jim Crow. Also, in the resource is a TED TALK on modern day slavery. Also included is a series of nine articles from the New York Times Room for Debate on being young, black, and male in America.

There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as a link to a rhetorical analysis prompt from the 1988 AP English Language exam excerpt from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, with student samples to observe. Also, students will answer 9 AP style multiple choice questions from Douglass’s memoir.

These four lessons prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

In this resource, there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Synthesis, American Literature

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