Falconbridge Close Reading



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Falconbridge Close Reading
Read the excerpt from Alexander Falconbridge’s account of the slave trade.
Paraphrase paragraph 1


Paraphrase paragraph 2
Summarize paragraph 3
Summarize paragraph 4


Reread with the guiding questions below to further deepen your understanding of Falconbridge’s account:
1) What did Falconbridge learn about how most Africans became slaves? (paragraph 2)
2) Explain the simile that Falconbridge uses in paragraph 2.
3) What did the Europeans look for when purchasing a slave? (paragraph 3)
4) Falconbridge witnesses a particular event: “traders have dropped their canoes under the stern of the vessel and instantly beheaded them in sight of the captain.” Why did the traders do this? (paragraph 4)

Growing Vocabularies: Record the contextual meaning of each word below as it is used in each instance and discuss your meanings with a partner.




entertained

paragraph 2







minutely

paragraph 3







render

paragraph 3







objected to

paragraph 4








Jigsaw:

Paragraph 5



Key Line:



Summary:

Paragraph 6



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Paragraph 7



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Paragraph 8



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Paragraph 9

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Paragraph 10



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Paragraph 11



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Post-Jigsaw Questions

A. Look at the key lines selected by you and your classmates. What are the ideas or themes



that are common among them?
B. Dr. Falconbridge took several voyages on a slave ship. How might his experiences have affected his views on slavery?

Taking Action
Dr. Falconbridge became an abolitionist after his experiences as a surgeon on a slave ship. You have just read a portion of his narrative. Assume you are Dr. Falconbridge. You want to have your narrative published. Write a letter to the London Times publisher, Sam Whiting, explaining why the public should read your account. Include evidence from the text. (minimum 250 words)


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