The Self-Empowerment of Harriet Jacobs

After reading Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, one of the most famous slave narratives of all time, learners imagine what it would have been like to experience the small dimensions of her hiding space. They then discuss how to find opportunities for freedom and personal empowerment when experiencing oppressive situations. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • Review materials in order to determine whether they are appropriate for the age and maturity level of your class members
  • This lesson will require sensitivity and great awareness of students' comfort levels given the topics discussed

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