Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A young Frederick Douglass would not allow slavery to stop him from learning, so he asked his master’s wife to teach him to read. Once he learned how to read, those words would set him free.  This picture book is based on Frederick Douglass’ s own Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.      

Lesson Idea:  

Mentor Text: Biography: Read aloud Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass as a biography mentor text or as part of a unit on slavery or the Civil War.  Discuss Frederick Douglass’s amazing life and all of his accomplishments as a result of his persistence.  Pair this book with other books about Douglass such as Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship or Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship or with other picture books related to the Civil War and slavery such as Henry’s Freedom Box, Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown, and Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln.

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