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ERIC Number: ED410530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Meetings with Frederick Douglass: Rewriting the Word and the World.
Beeghly, Dena G.; Reese, Susan Jacques
Academic Development Program students face a special challenge. Within a few short weeks, they must hone their reading, writing, and speaking skills while scrambling to adjust to life in college. Usually, pre-freshmen enrolled in the Academic Development Program are not familiar with the demands of academic reading, writing, and oral response. For these students, meetings with Frederick Douglass have provided an important bridge between lives on the boundary and full participation in academic life and discourse. The close study of the life and times of Douglass proved relevant, meaningful, and ultimately empowering. Douglass not only valued his own personal literacy, he viewed the power of words as critical to the enfranchisement of the dispossessed, including African Americans and women. Rather than being daunted by a difficult text, students relished reading a "real" book about a real person. For many students, studying Douglass was a deeply personal experience--they found themselves in the texts. Over and over, students expressed delight and surprise at wanting to read class assignments. When asked to apply what they had learned from studying Douglass, students responded by composing "Fifth of July" speeches and essays that were eloquent and moving. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A