Fireside Chat

I will post an answer key for last week’s quiz once CP students complete it after school today. In the meantime, here were your respective scores.


Due to the snowday, this week’s material will be covered in the test next Friday.

Time Management

Here’s how I would chunk the week.

Day Work Completed
Monday MLK Day MLK Day
  • FDN vocab list
  • college essay brainstorm (if you didn’t last week)
  • FDN vocab list
  • college essay brainstorm
  • FDN: Preface-Chapter 1
  • vocab list
  • FDN: through ch. 1
  • college essay brainstorm
  • FDN: Chapter 2-4
  • vocab list
  • FDN: through ch. 4
  • college essay brainstorm


  • Review for quiz
  • Complete old work assignments
  • Read ahead?
  • vocab list
  • FDN: through ch. 1
  • college essay brainstorm


Narrative of Frederick Douglass


Two reasons. Foremost, Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his autobiography is considered a staple in our canon. Through his story, we learn lessons of perseverance, civil service, and courage. We also glimpse a rare portrayal of American slavery from an actual slave.

Second, you’ve read shorter pieces and done so splendidly. Now it’s time to move onto a full-length book. Sustained reading endurance is a skill, and we’re going to develop it.

Instructional Material

Accessing the book

To read the book on a class tablet:

  1. Open Play Books (an app on your tablet)
  2. Click on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Or, a less preferable alternative:

  1. Open up Google Drive (an app on your tablet)
  2. Click on the folder called “Frederick Douglass”
  3. Click on the document called “PDF Douglass Narrative”
  4. Open with any PDF viewer (Adobe Acrobat is best)

If you use your own tablet, you can access the ePUB and PDF files here. Download Google Play Books, an app to read ePUB files, on the Google Play Store.

Background information

Please prep for Douglass’s narrative by reading this brief biography online.



Master the vocabulary from Chapters 1-4 for the Narrative of Frederick Douglass


Read from The Narrative of Frederick Douglass Preface to the end of Chapter 4. Experts consider this between a 7th and 8th grade reading level, so moving through the text should not be unduly burdensome.