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Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise", offers young scholars an opportunity to consider how poets use literary devices to create powerful messages. After a close reading and discussion of the poem, class members reflect on how they can overcome hardships and how they can use their voices to encourage change.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and color print the "Figurative Language Styles" graphic and post it in the classroom
  • Use during February's Black History Month, during March's Women's History Month, or during a poetry unit to introduce poetic devices
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of the poem "Still I Rise" and the poem's activity sheet for each pupil
  • First in a series of four related lessons
  • The "Examples of Figurative Language" document offers definitions of and examples of many poetic devices
  • None