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INTRODUCTION TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS' LIFE STORY ACTIVITY
In this learning activity, the student will learn how, even in the worst of events, you can take "three big lessons" from Frederick Douglass and be successful. To study the life and career of Frederick is one of the most uplifting learning experiences. Frederick Douglass had great respect from several Presidents, and was most instrumental in getting the Black American men into the Civil War as full-fledged soldiers. The Emancipation Proclamation was also a result of counseling by Douglass to President Lincoln. Here are the three lessons of this activity. The student will research Frederick Douglass' life, and then apply these concepts to some personal activities.
Frederick Douglass was a great American that, much like Abraham Lincoln, arose from the humblest of environment to achieve firsts for an African-American in very hard times. He would start his life not even knowing when he was born. His masters did not encourage or allow their slave children to learn their birth date. He was a gifted child that always wanted to know about his roots and ancestors, and especially his date of birth, but never could find out. When he wrote his first autobiography, he made a statement that he was about 27 years of age.
He would devise plans of escape, at a very young age. He would escape at a young age. Frederick was taught to read and write by a white person when young, and he took full advantage of these skills the rest of his life. As we will consider in this multi-faceted learning activity the "Three Learnings," he would speak on, these can be used in the learning of Frederick Douglass and the events of his life. With Abraham Lincoln the themes to consider are honesty and "learning by the light of the fire." In this learning activity the two famous men and acquaintances' will be compared and contrasted.
In this activity, the early life (pre-1860), the later life (post 1865) will be covered in a later sections. The primary Douglass life considerations will be the period of time from 1860-1865. This activity could be covered chronologically in-order, if time will allow such a study. Frederick Douglass' role in helping the Northern war effort, and final win.
Frederick Douglass Learning's
· Believe in yourself.
· Take advantage of every opportunity
· Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society
--Frederick Douglass said, "What is possible for me is possible
for you." He used these keys and by making them his own, he
created a life of honor, respect and success that he could never
have dreamed of when still a boy on Colonel Lloyd's plantation on
the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
THIS ACTIVITY WILL CENTER ON DOUGLASS'S WORK DURING THE PERIOD OF 1860-1865.
--A brief study of his life will help for understanding his Three Learnings.
--The activity will provide experiences for intermediate grade level (4-6), middle grades (7-8) and high school (9-12)
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