Olaudah Equiano Day 4 _3P_

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Today’s Agenda:
1. Collect Vocabulary Circle Maps
2. Bellringer (B.R.) – Grammar Review
3. Clarify and explain Language Immersion Project
4. Discuss “Narrative of Olaudah Equiano”
5. More Grammar Practice
• HW: 1) Reminder: Language Immersion Project due tomorrow
2) Study for Test on “Narrative of Olaudah Equiano”
Take out a sheet of paper and title:
Bellringer: Week of 9/24 – 9/27
• Thursday, 9/27:
• Copy the following sentences VERBATIM and underline the
prepositional phrase(s) in each.
• 1. As Jane walked home, she noticed a stray
cat hiding behind the bush.
• 2. Looking up at the dark sky, it was evident a
storm was on the way.
• 3. Due to the nature of her job, Jane is
required to stay until closing time.
Vocabulary Words: “Olaudah Equiano”
1. assailant (n.) – attacker
2. distraction (n.) – mental disturbance or distress
3. apprehensions (n.) – feelings of anxiety or dread
4. alleviate (v.) – relieve; reduce
5. interspersed (adj.) – placed at intervals
6. commodious (adj.) – spacious
7. consternation (n.) – confusion resulting from fear or
• 8. improvident (adj.) – careless; not providing for the
• 9. avarice (n.) - greed
Take out a sheet of paper and title:
Survey: Language Immersion
• Equiano picks up new languages easily when they are similar to his
own. Consider these language learning skills:
• 1. Do you listen to words that sound similar to ones in your native
• 2. What English words have you learned in this way?
• 3. How similar is your first language to English?
• Conduct a poll to find out how many different languages or dialects
are spoken by 25 class members (or students throughout the
school). What is the most number of languages that one student
speaks or understand? Present your poll results as graphs.
• Your assignment should include:
• Raw data ( 25 students’ names & languages spoken & answers to
• Graph illustrating the information gathered
• One Paragraph Summary analyzing the data and graph.
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
Raw Data:
Includes Questions 1-3
(see sample on elmo)
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
• Graph(s):
• May include datas for ALL three questions on
one graph OR
• Create THREE separate graphs for each data
based on Questions 1-3
• Be sure to include title(s) for your graph(s)
• Label graph(s) clearly
• (see example on elmo)
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
• Graph(s):
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
• Graph(s):
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
• One Paragraph Summary/Analysis:
• Describe the sample.
• Remind the reader of the research question being
addressed, or the hypothesis being tested.
• Tell the reader what you want him/her to get
from the data.
• State which differences are significant.
• Highlight the important trends and
• Indicate whether the hypothesis is confirmed, not
confirmed, or partially confirmed.
Requirements for Language Immersion Project
• One Paragraph Summary/Analysis:
Take out a sheet of paper and title:
Reading Check Questions
First Event: Kidnapped
1. Why do you think Equiano and his sister refused
the food? (p. 54)
They were too upset to eat.
They didn’t trust their kidnappers or their food.
2. What inferences did Equiano make about slavery?
(p. 54)
Equiano suggests his belief that one of the cruelest
aspects of slavery is the way it often tears apart
Reading Check Questions
3. Why do you think slavers carried Equiano? (. 54)
They may have felt sorry for him or wanted to keep
him healthy so that they would receive a higher
price at auction.
4. What can we infer about Equiano’s beliefs from
his use of the phrase “sable destroyers of human
His word choice implies that he strongly condemns
these African slave traders, despite their kindness.
Reading Check Questions
5. Why do you think the widow and her son treated
Equiano so well? (p. 55)
The son may have been lonely for a friend. The
widow may have wished she had another child.
Reading Check Questions
Event 2: The Slave Ship
1. Why was Equiano afraid of the crew? (p. 56)
They didn’t look or sound like the people he was
familiar with. He had never seen white people before
or heard the language they were speaking.
2. Why might Equiano’s readers have found his reaction
to the crew ironic?
His white readers would have found it a reversal of
expectation for a black person to be horrified by the
appearance and sound of white people, who were
used to denigrating the looks and speech of blacks.
Reading Check Questions
Event 2: The Slave Ship
3. Why did Equiano faint? (p. 56)
He thought he and the other captives were going
to be put into the furnace and killed.
4. Why were Equiano and the other prisoners
whipped for refusing to eat? (p. 57)
They were considered property. If a captive died
of starvation, the slavers lost money because
they couldn’t sell him or her.
Reading Check Questions
Event 2: The Slave Ship
5. What is this “spell or magic”? (p. 57)
The anchor.
6. Why didn’t the crew want the slaves to see how
they managed the ship? (p. 57)
It was in their interest to keep the slaves
ignorant, so that they were scared of the sailors
and thought they used magic, and therefore
were afraid to attempt a mutiny.
Reading Check Questions
Event 2: The Slave Ship
7. What does Equiano mean when he refers to the slavers’
“improvident avarice”? (p. 58)
If the slavers had been less greedy, they would have put
fewer slaves on a ship and created better conditions,
thereby resulting in fewer deaths, more slaves to sell, and
therefore greater profits.
8. What is Equiano trying to persuade his readers to think or
do? (p. 59)
He wants to persuade his readers, who are primarily
white Christians, that slavery and the slave trade are
unnecessarily cruel and contrary to the teachings of
their religion.
Take out yesterday’s Grammar Practice:
Grammar Practice: Ch. 3 – Prepositional Phrase
• Worksheet 2:

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