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Frederick Douglass's Words

Use this lesson to teach your students about Frederick Douglass and the impact that words had on his life. First, they will read a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life. Then, they'll complete a graphic organizer with peers to record important details and events in his life. Students will then demonstrate understanding by creating a poster with images and key words that stand out when they think about Frederick Douglass.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the main idea and key details of a text.
  • Students will be able to choose adjectives and nouns that represent Frederick Douglass's life.


(3 minutes)
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  • Write the phrase "Words set me free" on the board and ask students to read it aloud in unison.
  • Facilitate a think-pair-share, giving students time to think about the phrase's meaning on their own. Then, have them pair up with another student to talk about their thoughts. Ask partnerships to share their ideas with the class.
  • Display the picture book for today's lesson, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Explain that today's lesson will focus on learning about Frederick Douglass and the meaning of the story's title.

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