Frederick Douglass Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about Frederick Douglass with this lesson plan. Students explore his life experiences, then dive into his narrative style. An activity allows students to use primary sources to analyze figurative language.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe Douglass' writing style
  • explain Douglass' impact
  • identify and analyze figurative language


45 minutes to 1 hour


  • Exerts from Douglass' narratives containing figurative language
  • Figurative language task cards - index cards with examples of figurative language and types. For example, one card each with the word 'hyperbole,' and 'metaphor;' then several types of hyperboles and metaphors.

Key Vocabulary

  • Abolitionist
  • Elevated Diction
  • Realism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

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