Activities for use with the frequently anthologized abridged text of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass. Reading questions have recall and inference questions in order of text, plus answer key. Critical thinking questions have students support their position in a short writing and includes a brief rubric and optional paragraph model. Also includes short answer reading comprehension assessment with key. Plus, several graphic organizers including word webs, Venn Diagram, Argument Analysis Chart, and Author Purpose chart—with keys.
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 text not included.
The complete speech will not quite fit with these reading activities.
Reading Questions Student Printable (room to write answers)
Reading Questions List (answers written on a separate sheet)
Reading Questions Answer Key
Critical Thinking Questions
Paragraph Model (optional)
Reading Comprehension Assessment with Key
Argument Support Analysis Chart (2 versions), with key
Compare Fourth of July & Slavery chart; with key
Compare Fourth of July and Slaver Venn Diagram; with key
Word Webs: Mood, Slavery, Fourth of July, blank/ your choice; with answer guide
Author’s Purpose Chart; with key
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