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Rhetorical Analysis of Frederick Douglass

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Is the Fourth of July a celebration for all Americans? Scholars carry out a close read of What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Readers talk with partners about the speaker's point of view, the author's debate, reasoning, and rhetorical devices. After reviewing the text, pupils complete essays explaining their ideas.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate study of the speech along with history of slavery and independence
  • Set up a class debate over points given in the speech
Classroom Considerations
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  • Works through stages of the writing process
  • Includes a rubric for structured, clear grading
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