In light of the current and rightful nationwide protests, I’ve updated and reblogged this post. I have also added a new Frederick Douglass category to my blog so posts that feature Douglass, who I believe to be our country’s most unsung hero, are easier to find. Next week, I plan to share with you my unit of instruction on the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.
A fresh way to reflect on Douglass’ experience, themes and symbolism
During spring 2019, I assigned graphic essays to my eighth-graders after they finished reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. This incredible book, which provides Douglass’ first-hand account of the horrors and traumas of American slavery, provides a reading experience that is both sobering and inspiring. (Next week, I’ll be posting my entire unit of instruction on the book and I’ll definitely be interested in your thoughts. I’ve worked on it over six or seven years and while I believe it’s effective, I also feel it’s a little too “work-sheety.” Your ideas are more than welcome.)
In short, Douglass’ narrative is a lot to take in.
For my students, I felt graphic essays would:
- offer a break from traditional essay writing;
- help students discuss theme with evidence and their own commentary;
- allow students to…
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