Reading Notebook Entries for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass



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Reading Notebook Entries for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
You will complete a total of 4 Reading Notebook Entries according to our reading assignments.

ENTRY1: Life as a Slave (Chapters 1-5)



  • Which American freedoms were denied to Frederick Douglass as a young slave?  How was he affected?

ENTRY2: Awakening & Education (Chapters 6-7)

  • How did Douglass’s increasing education contribute to his desire to escape oppression?

ENTRY3: Breaking Free (Chapters 8-11)

  • What major obstacles did Douglass encounter on his journey to freedom?

ENTRY4: Activism (Appendix & Supplemental Text)

  • How did Douglass’s activism reveal the contradiction between Slavery and the values and freedoms promised to ALL Americans in the Constitution?

For each entry, you will include the following:



  1. VOCABULARY—For each section, identify 5 essential vocabulary words and define them.

  2. AUTHOR’s PURPOSE & APPEALS—Write a 3-5 sentence description that provides the author’s purpose in each section. Identify at least ONE RHETORICAL APPEAL (Ethos/Logos/Pathos) that prevails in this section of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.

  3. V.I.P’s—Select THREE V.I.P’s for each section. Your “very important passage” should be a quotation from the text that supports the main idea or purpose of the chapters, something that was particularly effective in the narrative, or something that you personally connect to. Copy down the V.I.P. quotation, cite the page number, and explain the significance of the quotation in 2-3 sentences.

  4. LEVELS OF CRITICAL QUESTIONING: Choose a page # or extended passaged for which to write a Level 1 (Details) a Level 2 (Analysis) and Level 3 (Thematic) question. These questions may be selected for class quizzes and discussion, so be thoughtful and critical when crafting your questions.

  5. Study Questions/Responses: You will be provided with supplemental guiding questions to focus your reading for each chapter. When instructed, please include your responses to these questions in your notebook.



Reading Notebook Entries for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
You will complete a total of 4 Reading Notebook Entries according to our reading assignments.

ENTRY1: Life as a Slave (Chapters 1-5)



  • Which American freedoms were denied to Frederick Douglass as a young slave?  How was he affected?

ENTRY2: Awakening & Education (Chapters 6-7)

  • How did Douglass’s increasing education contribute to his desire to escape oppression?

ENTRY3: Breaking Free (Chapters 8-11)

  • What major obstacles did Douglass encounter on his journey to freedom?

ENTRY4: Activism (Appendix & Supplemental Text)

  • How did Douglass’s activism reveal the contradiction between Slavery and the values and freedoms promised to ALL Americans in the Constitution?

For each entry, you will include the following:



  1. VOCABULARY—For each section, identify 5 essential vocabulary words and define them.

  2. AUTHOR’s PURPOSE & APPEALS—Write a 3-5 sentence description that provides the author’s purpose in each section. Identify at least ONE RHETORICAL APPEAL (Ethos/Logos/Pathos) that prevails in this section of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.

  3. V.I.P’s—Select THREE V.I.P’s for each section. Your “very important passage” should be a quotation from the text that supports the main idea or purpose of the chapters, something that was particularly effective in the narrative, or something that you personally connect to. Copy down the V.I.P. quotation, cite the page number, and explain the significance of the quotation in 2-3 sentences.

  4. LEVELS OF CRITICAL QUESTIONING: Choose a page # or extended passaged for which to write a Level 1 (Details) a Level 2 (Analysis) and Level 3 (Thematic) question. These questions may be selected for class quizzes and discussion, so be thoughtful and critical when crafting your questions.

  5. Study Questions/Responses: You will be provided with supplemental guiding questions to focus your reading for each chapter. When instructed, please include your responses to these questions in your notebook.



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