Having selected David A. Adler’s Picture book of Frederick Douglass as our base text, I photocopied the pages and put them into a notebook. I’ve gone through every page, selecting vocabulary words; creating comprension questions; proposing activities for advanced/gifteed students.
On page one, we’re given his birthplace, his birthname (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey), and the facts that he and his mother were slaves, while his father was an unknown white man, perhaps his owner, Captain Aaron Anthony.
- Why did he change his name?
- What does “his first owner” mean?
- Why doesn’t the book tell us his birthday?
Our lesson plan calls for the class to keep a chart of characters in our narrative, most of whom are mentioned only once. This page has Harriet Bailey, his mother; and Capt. Anthony, his first owner.
- Start the timeline with Douglass’s birth in 1818.
- Show Maryland on the regional map. (Students have a regional map, a U.S. map, and a world map.)
- Use an atlas to find where Talbot County is in Maryland, and show it on the map.
- Use a chart showing the dates of the states’ admission to the Union and color in the states that were states in 1818.
We immediately have a problem, which I’ll talk about tomorrow.