Black History Month: A Free Lesson on Frederick Douglass
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on February 15, 2021 in categoryMember TipscategoryDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Throughout the month of February, we will feature blogs that recognize Black History Month. 

We want to help you bring Black history into your classroom by sharing a lesson about Frederick Douglass from the New Readers Press supplemental reading series American Lives.  

Douglass, who was born into slaverytaught himself to read and write at a young age to attain freedomHe went on to become well known as a great orator in the abolitionist movement and tbuild a relationship with President Abraham Lincoln around Black rights. 

The biography and reading comprehension activities in the lesson below are written for students at the intermediate or 6-8 reading grade level.  

Click the image to download the lesson. 

We hope this lesson enriches your discussions about Black history. Learn more about the American Lives series on the New Readers Press website. 

For more ways to incorporate Black history into your classroom, the Library of Congress has an African American Heritage category on itTeaching with the Library of Congress blog, which offers techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in your teaching. 



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