Money-saving bundle of activities for use with the Abridged speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass. (Alternately titled “What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?”) Several activities to fit your classroom needs. Reading questions in order of the text with both recall and inference questions. Critical thinking questions to dig deeper in discussion or writing. Graphic organizers for visual analysis. Essay writing topics with rubric. Summary analysis activity to practice summary writing with the engagement of multimedia formats. Vocabulary activity to review uncommon words. Also a Tweet the Text activity to analyze the content of the speech and compare to modern mediums for impact.
The speech is available in its abridged form here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html (which uses one of the alternate titles for the text, “What to the Negro is the Fourth of July.) Speech is NOT included.
The complete speech can be used, though these activities focus on the abridged form.
• Reading Activities: Reading questions, critical thinking questions, paragraph model for written response (optional), plus graphic organizers. Graphic Organizers includes Venn diagram, Word Webs (Mood, Fourth of July, Slavery, and blank), Author’s purpose chart, Compare slavery and Fourth of July chart, and Argument Support Analysis Chart (2 versions). Keys included.
• Essay Writing: Nonfiction analysis essay writing (similar to literary analysis) with choice of 3 essay topics, rubric, and Guide to Nonfiction Analysis handout.
Summary Multimedia Project: students create a summary of the text and create a multimedia project that divides the speeches main ideas into sections (slides). They will include appropriate images that demonstrate their understanding of the speeches main points. Includes image explanation worksheets, self-reflection, rubric, and argument analysis graphic organizer.
• Vocabulary Activity: List of words and phrases in order as they appear in the abridged version of the speech. Includes a student list and task card versions, plus teacher answer key. When completed before the text, can serve as a handy reference list during reading.
• Tweet the Text: engaging analysis activity that combines the main ideas of the text into the modern medium of tweets (or micro-blogging). Students will turn the main ideas into Tweets using one of several provided templates and then reflect on the use of language as well as the impact of medium.
These items are a single file PDF. (Premium, editable Word version coming soon.)
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