The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
After freeing himself from slavery in 1838, Douglass became a major voice of the abolitionist movement. His narrative, which recounts the horrors of slavery, was ﬁrst published in 1845 (sixteen years before the Civil War). Douglass’s narrative is a primary document that can be read in numerous disciplines (i.e. history, psychology, sociology, English, anthropology). While reading Douglass’s narrative for AP English Language & Composition, you will focus primarily on Douglass’s persuasive use of language. You will identify what rhetorical devices he is using and how he is using them. Your study of Douglass’s narrative will end with an essay assignment. Please see below for assignments and due dates. Expect reading comprehension quizzes on a regular basis.
Assignments for Chapters 1-4 - DUE: ____________
1. Read Chapters 1-4 in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. 2. Identify THREE of the following for EACH chapter. Include text examples and an explanation of its meaning/effect: a. One appeal b. One trope c. One scheme d. One element of your choosing (allusion, juxtaposition, symbol, tone, mood, connotation, imagery, etc). 3. Summarize key events. What was the main point of the chapters? (This could be as simple as a sentence or two per chapter.) How did the rhetorical devices used help convey the purpose/get the point across? Please see your “Style Analysis” handout (from ﬁrst semester) for a list of tropes and schemes. Use variety when identifying tropes, schemes, and appeals! Don’t always identify emotional appeals, similes, parallelism, and imagery. Douglass uses a wide variety of rhetorical devices and your examples should showcase this. See the attached graphic organizer for how to set up your work. You can ﬁnd a blank copy on the website.
Assignments for Chapters 5-8 - DUE: ____________
1. Read Chapters 1-4 in Narrative of the Life of Frederick...