The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
is the biographical novel that I use to teach students about
the concepts of freedom and social development.
The social development concepts are designed to aid the
students when deliberating about the theme of Social Justice,
Social Reconciliation, and Social Transformation. The concepts
that discuss freedom from oppression, as it relates to Frederick
Douglass, are structured based on the issues presented in
“Universal Declaration of Independence.”
According to Douglass, teaching an oppressed person to
read “would forever unfit him to be a slave”
(p78). When considering this quote, it becomes apparent
that knowledge is akin to freedom. Therefore, I want students
to know that literacy and academic development markedly
improves (one’s life chances) the ability to function
competitively in society and in the world.
Thus, this lesson plan is designed to encourage the student
to read purposefully, learn reading strategies, and develop
the student’s Expository Reading strategies for improving
his critical thinking skills.
The goal of the lesson plan is to introduce and develop
Expository Reading strategies, expand technologies in academics,
and implement the CSTP and OUSD (ELA/ELD) standards including:
- Writing Strategies
- Literary Response
- Critical Thinking
The critical thinking strategies will focus on the theme
of Social Justice, Social Reconciliation, and Social Transformation.
These themes are designed to aid the student’s self-esteem,
by highlighting how and why Frederick Douglass struggled
to become a literate man. Consequently, the student learns
that literacy is linked to the CA State and District Standards,
which inform the Expository Reading strategies. Thus, the
student learns to generalize about the reading materials,
make inferences, and draw conclusions about the novel. Hence,
literacy and academic standards inform the students’
critical thinking process, which ultimately aids in boosting
in the self-esteem of the student.
The activities designed for this lesson plan include guided
reading and writing strategies for assisting the student
during the silent sustained reading (SSR) process. The student’s
Expository Reading, Literary Responses, and Writing skills
will be guided by the use of templates. The students will
also learn the basic fundamentals of Expository Essay writing.
The student’s technology skills will be developed
to include Internet Web searches on Human Rights issues,
typed documents and essay writing will be completed using
Microsoft word, and spell-check.
This lesson plan will also enable to the student to explore
Human Rights issues that teach the concepts of Universal