Maya Angelou Teacher Resources
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou
7th - 9th
Examine poetic structure and literary devices in an activity focused on Maya Angelou's "Woman Work." The first two pages provide the full text of the poem, which middle schoolers can annotate and highlight. They go on to complete a...
Free Verse Poem - Graphic Organizer
4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Support your young writers as they explore the freedom and creative potential of a free verse poem. Based on a model poem written by Maya Angelou, this graphic organizer does an excellent job of helping learners form their unique ideas...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Fun Trivia Quiz
8th - 12th
This Fun Trivia interactive, online quiz may be engaging for readers who want to self-assess their basic understanding of Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; however, I do not recommend it as a class assignment given the lack of...
"And Still I Rise" Proud Black Women: Understanding the poetry of Maya Angelou through the lyrics of two female rappers.
8th - 12th
Students examine the roles and contributions of African American women in the Arts as they research the biographies and artistic endeavors of Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill. They explore these arts through dance, paint and...
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
7th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
“Still I Rise,” is the focus of a two-day exercise that asks learners to trace the development of the theme of emotional opposites (hopelessness/rising above adversity) by highlighting details in Maya Angelou’s poem. They then craft...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewMaya Angelou's first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the anchor text in a unit that asks readers to examine how personal relationships and the environment impact a writer's point of view. Class members complete a variety...