This CCSS aligned unit provides a literary and historical overview of the literature of American slaves including narratives, speeches and poems. Students read informational and literary texts, develop their analysis skills, write an extended metaphor poem and/or an argumentative essay then finish the unit with a written test.
This unit includes the following:
* Five public domain readings
--an excerpt from Oludah Equiano’s “Interesting Narrative...”
--two Phillis Wheatley poems
--an excerpt from Harriet Jacobs's “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”
--Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech and Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech
* A WebQuest addressing slave narratives and the writers' biographies
* Analysis questions for each of the readings with teacher notes
* Classroom activities and handouts that focus on the Common Core skills of rhetorical analysis, figurative language, tone, scene comparison, U.S. Theme comparison and more
* Two reading quizzes and one vocabulary quiz with teacher keys (all quizzes are 10 questions)
* A viewing activity and discussion questions for Spielberg’s "Amistad"
* An argumentative essay assignment with a pre-writing activity and rubric
* A literary analysis unit test covering important quotes from the readings
* All teacher notes and keys
Did you know this unit is part of my American Literature Bundle?
The bundle includes 10 resources for a 20% discount. **Please do not purchase this unit in addition to the bundle**
This unit is broken up into smaller sets for greater flexibility (**this unit contains much of what is contained in these sets, so please don’t purchase this unit in addition to any of the items listed below**):
Olaudah Equiano’s “Interesting Narrative” Activity Pack
Phillis Wheatley Activity Pack
Harriet Jacobs’s “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” Activity Pack
Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Activity Pack
“Amistad” Film Activity Pack