I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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A revolutionary work of literature requires a revolutionary assessment project. A series of activities on Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings includes discussion questions, a plot synopsis, and a selection of both short and long-term projects that appeal to the creative sides of language arts students.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a unit on prominent 20th-century writers or during a focus on coming-of-age stories
  • Show the video of Maya Angelou speaking at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, or her 2008 acceptance speech for the Voice of Peace Award
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure that your class is mature enough for the sensitive subject matter in the novel, and for the writing assignments that rely on knowledge of those events
  • Resource is a sample of a larger unit that is available for purchase at the publisher's website
  • Projects include a Reader's Theatre, a series of drawings of important scenes from the book, and a talk-show interview with Maya and Scout from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Provides suggestions for assessing finished work and a blank rubric for teacher use
  • Includes tips for adapting the assessments to various learning styles
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