Lesson Plan


Frederick Douglass photo pose and U.S. quarter with Douglass on it

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
History, Poetry
45 - 60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36


A discussion about Frederick Douglass and reflections of his legacy in modern times.


The instructor will lead students in a discussion about Frederick Douglass, his accomplishments, and his contributions to American society. Students will be asked about the visual imagery in the poem, and will brainstorm ideas for showing these images in a picture.



The success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.

Alternatively, the rubric below can be used to rate each child's performance during the working period. 

Art Rubric  
 Category Possible Points  Points Earned 
Craftsmanship  20   
Time on Task  20   
Following Assignment Guidelines  20   
Use of Materials 20   
Clean Up  20   

Additional Resources

Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Statesman, by Henry Elliott

Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life, by David Adler 

Last updated: February 19, 2016