On Thursday (2/18) or Friday (2/19), you will have a ~30 minute graded discussion (rubric here) and a ~20 minute quiz on NFD 9-end (including the Appendix and Parody). The quiz will be designed to fail anyone who reads SparkNotes instead of the book.


Narrative of Frederick Douglass

ReadingNFD Chapters 9-end (including Appendix and Parody)

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder: Ch. 9 – Parody questions

  1. Answer skill builder questions in 2-3 sentences on paper and turn in on Friday.
  2. Prepare quotations and ideas for the Friday’s discussion. (Your discussion contribution will be graded, but I will not collect your preparation.)


Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for Friday’s assessment?

Study groups: Feel free to discuss chapters or read through the book in groups. Mr. S will always join your group if you request.

Take notes: Jot down ideas and quotations as you read the book. This will serve as your preparation for Friday’s graded discussion.

Skill builder: People do this one of two ways. Some students answer questions as they go. Others save it for the end, using the skill builder to review the material.

Extra, Extra!

Douglass is writing immediately before the Civil War, fought primarily over the issue of slavery. Here are two of the most famous Northern (Union) marching songs.

Battle Cry of Freedom: (notable lyrics: “We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
 / Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
 / And although he may be poor, he shall never be a slave,
 / Shouting the battle cry of freedom!”)

Battle Hymn of the Republic: (notable lyrics: “As [Christ] died to make men holy / Let us die to make men free / While God is marching on”)

And the most famous Southern (Confederate) marching song:

Dixie(notable lyrics: “Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, / Old times there are not forgotten, / Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land. / In Dixie Land, where I was born in, / early on one frosty mornin”)