Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people. In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins — since few slaves of that period could write — the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive and vivid descriptions and storytelling power. It belongs in the library of anyone interested in African-American history and the life of one of the country's most courageous and influential champions of civil rights.
The Slingshot guides teens in literary analysis of classic and modern literature.
Even if your teen has never analyzed literature before. . . We’ve got you—and your college-bound teens—covered!
Our year-long program is delivered in five month-long lesson plans.
Each handbook is based on a novel and immerses your teen in the world of:
Each handbook contains:
Detailed notes to establish the context of the novel of the month (book not included)
Four passages taken from the novel for copywork and dictation
Easy-to-follow instructions to teach writing elements found in the passages
Examination of grammar and punctuation
Additional notes that go beyond the passage
Nine "think piece" questions—for discussion and writing
Book club party ideas
Copywork passages on separate printable pages
Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home