Lesson Plan In this unit we will read an excerpt from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. As one of the rare slave narratives written by a woman, Jacobs’ testimony gives us the opportunity to consider the historical, literary, and political context of slave narratives as important documents of self-discovery, resistance, and freedom. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl occupies a unique position in American literary history that charts the connection between abolitionism and the emergent women’s movement. The excerpt in the text will give us a chance to work with non-fiction prose, to identify, and to explain rhetorical strategies and figurative language in the context of abolitionism and slave narratives. All vocabulary and important terms for the unit will be on Quizlet. There will be one vocabulary and reading quiz for this unit. You will have a choice of three projects for the final unit assessment. The rubric for all assessments will be placed online. If you have any questions, please speak with me.
Understand the historical, literary, and political context of slave narratives.
Understand the important connection between literacy, self-expression, self-discovery, resistance, and freedom.
Consider the unique position of African American women in the context of slavery, abolitionism, and the emerging women’s/suffrage movement.
Understand the rhetorical strategies of slave narratives and the relationship of those strategies to abolitionism.
Identify and explain the use of figurative language in slave narratives