This week you have a privilege to read the words of Frederick Douglass. This man is amazing. You are so lucky. What I want you to do is write down 3 things that he says that blow your mind (in comment section below).
Here is a link to the pdf copy of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Here is the audio, so you can listen while you read along (if you like).
This audio is 3 hours and 44 minutes, so plan your week wisely.
This is a book that you will never forget, so don’t just Google his famous quotes and think that you can get credit for an assignment, without putting in the work.
There will be a test on Friday, that you can’t pass by reading an online summary 🙂 because I care.
Also, I need you to read Lesson 40 in the Notgrass textbook, “Nineteenth Century Religious Movements.” This will set the stage for when we read Emerson and Thoreau. It is important to see the religious philosophy transform, because it will influence the writing.
This week, I will probably have your journals, and I won’t be in the mood to grade another essay, so what I am going to do is make you work on a platform for self expression.
When you write an essay, who reads it? Me. Your parents. A friend, maybe.
But what is the point of writing?
- Is it a grade?
- A demonstration of learning?
- Or is it a powerful form of self expression?
- A tool for influencing and changing the world around you.
Frederick Douglass understood the POWER of the written word.
I want you to think about that.
This week I want you (with your parents help) to set up your own blog.
It is easy, and kinda fun.
I want your parents to help you though, so they can manage your content settings.
1. It must be a wordpress blog
2. You may not post your age, your geographic location, or any pictures of yourself (Internet Safety)
3. You may not talk to strangers
4. You may not search for other blogs that are ungodly
5. Your parents must have your password and complete access to your account
6. Please read this with a parent Blogging For Teens (I need your parent to let me know that they read this and they approve of this assignment. Please have them text or email me letting me know that they understand and approve of this assignment.)
7. Remember anything you post is forever online, and anyone can read it.
1. Go to wordpress.com and click on the option to create a blog; it will walk you through the steps.
2. You need to pick a free template that you think feels like something you would like for your blog to look like.
3. You need to come up with the title for your blog.
4. You need to decide what you want your blog to be about. First of all, it is about YOU. But you can use your blog to write about things you are interested in–hiking, skateboarding, sports, cooking, worship songs, music, poetry, taxidermy, etc. But you will also use it to complete a few assignments that I give you.
5. You need to post your first article this week. It could be something as simple as “My Favorite Song is Oceans,” including a link to it.
This is something we are going to build on throughout the year. You don’t need a million articles yet. But feel free to take off and write or design it as much as you like.
To begin, go to wordpress.com and create a new blog. They have easy, step-by-step instructions. And you can play around with it a bit to figure it out. You guys are smart. If you have questions let me know.
It was either this or start working on the business letter. I thought we would do this first. We can do the business letter later.
Assignments to Turn in:
- 3 Quotes by Frederick Douglass in the comment section below
- A link to your blog and first post in the comment section below
- Your Homework Assignment Handout signed by your parents (bring to class)
Something to think about: Doesn’t having a bigger audience change the way you think about your writing?
Oooh. Deep thoughts.
Just remember, your words are important and they can make a difference.