"Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass

"Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass


  • Frederick Douglass 
  • Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey 
  • Lived February 1818 – February 20, 1895 
  • African-American social reformer, speaker, writer, and politician 
  • Escaped from slavery
  • Became a leader of the abolitionist movement

More About Frederick Douglass

Watch this video (with headphones) to learn more about the author.


Stratagems- a plan to outwit an opponent.

Brute- animal like

Emancipation- the freeing of someone from slavery.

Abhor- think of with disgust and hatred.

Think - Pair

Think about something that you deeply wanted and had to work hard for. 

After 30-60 seconds....

Pair with a partner for 3-5 minutes to talk about what it was that you wanted and what you did to get it? Was it difficult? Did you ever want to give up? 


Writing Prompt

Literacy is Power

How did literacy change Douglass' life change after learning to read and write? Use evidence from the text. Must be at least 8 sentences. Use a separate piece of paper to respond and turn into the basket once are finished.