Informational texts to accompany The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Written in 1845, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an autobiography of former enslaved person and prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Douglass escaped into the free state of Pennsylvania, and then to New York, in 1838. He married Anna Murray, and the two of them eventually settled in Massachusetts where Douglass became a preacher. Douglass quickly become known as a powerful orator, and his autobiography is one of the best-known accounts of slavery and is widely credited with influencing both national and global public opinion.
Additional Reading Practice
- A Poem of the People (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- Thomas Garrett and the Underground Railroad (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Tracing a Line from the First Black Slave to the First Black President (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- As a Leader, Nelson Mandela Was Willing to Use Violence (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Rebel Yell Gives a Powerful Voice to the Story of Stonewall Jackson (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- United Nations Unveils Slavery Memorial (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Malala Yousafzai: A Girl with a Voice (Grade 7; CCSS.CCRA.R.9; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Cotton and the Civil War (Grades 11-12; CCSS.RH.11-12.9; CCSS.WHST.11-12.1)
- Excerpt from "The Birth of Race-Based Slavery" (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1; CCSS.WHST.11-12.2)
- Excerpt from "Civil Disobedience" (Grade 12; CCSS.RI.11-12.9; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Social Responsibility: How do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
- Economic Strategies in the Civil War: What role did economics play in the outcome of the Civil War?
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade: What were the experiences of enslaved people in the transatlantic slave trade?