Activity Overview

For a shorter activity, consider using single storyboard squares to have students depict Douglass’s important character traits. Students will identify a character quality that stands out to them and depict a scene through which Douglass exhibits this quality. Students can explain their reasoning in a text box below the image, or can include an accompanying quotation from the narrative.

Character Trait Square Example

Loyal Friend

For Douglass, the hardest part about running away is leaving behind his close friends in Baltimore. The thought of being separated from them almost makes him stay behind.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a single cell storyboard depicting one of Frederick Douglass' character traits.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title, identify the character trait.
  3. In the description, write a summary of one moment where Douglass displays the trait and why.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme

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