Escape From Slavery

By Frederick Douglas

Edited and Illustrated by Michael McCurdy

6 Communication Arts 

Layered Curriculum Designed by

Mrs. Debbie Anne B. Barretto

Ronald H. Brown Charter School 

“I discovered that the power of the word is the best means to bring about permanent positive changes, both for myself and others.”


Let us join Frederick Douglass on his journey in   Escape From Slavery. On our journey, we will be doing activities that will help us earn points. The goal is to earn 100 points. You can do it! 

Remember the following things:


Layer C: Basic Knowledge


__________ 1. Read the book; log it in your Reading Log (10 pts.)

__________ 2. Reading Comprehension Questions (10 pts)

__________ 3. Deliver a speech of Frederick Douglass. (10 pts.) 

Your Choice:

___________4. Trace Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery. (10 pts.)

___________ 5. Make a Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle. (10 pts.)

___________ 6. Make a storyboard for Escape From Slavery. It has to have at least 8 cells, with illustration and summary. (10 pts.)

___________ 7. Make a booklet. Write a summary for every part, and make a drawing to represent each part. (10 pts.)

___________ 8. Design a board game using the story as background. (10 pts.) 

Layer B: Application



___________ 1. Make a report about Frederick Douglass. (10 pts.) 

Your Choice:

___________ 2. Make a timeline of Frederick Douglass’ life. (10 pts.)

___________ 3. Role play your favorite scene from the story. (10 pts.)

____________ 4. Write at least 5 journal entries from Frederick Douglass’ point of view. (10 pts.)

____________ 5. Make a wanted ad poster for Frederick Douglass. (10 pts.)

____________ 5. Write a resume for Frederick Douglass. (10 pts.)

____________ 6. Make a song or poem about Frederick Douglass’ life. (10 pts.)

____________ 7. Write a summary for Escape From Slavery. (10 pts.) 

Layer A: Critical Thinking and Analysis

      - You have to earn 30 points in Layer A 


____________ 1. Make a persuasive speech on the “Abolishment of Slavery”. (10 pts.) 

Your Choice:

____________ 2. Treasure Hunt (See page in packet) (10 pts.)

____________ 3. Make a book review. Be sure to include what the book is about, what you liked about the book, and the message of the author. (10 pts.)

___________ 4. Add a new character in the story. How would Frederick Douglass interact with this character? Would he like the character? Write in detail an incident including Frederick Douglass and the new character. (10 pts.)

____________5. Interview with Frederick Douglass. Write 5 questions that you would like to Frederick Douglass and his possible responses. (10 pts.)

____________ 6. Write about how it will be like to live as a slave. Include feelings of hardships, and ways to cope. (10 pts.)

____________ 7. Pretend that you are a television newscaster telling the viewers about Frederick Douglass. (10 pts.) 

Escape From Slavery 

Name __________________________   Total Score ___________