Daily Lessons for Teaching I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Lesson 1 (from Introduction | Chapter 1)


Maya Angelou. This book is autobiographical and our understanding of the book will be greater with an understanding of the author.

This lesson will look at the life of Maya Angelou.


1. Homework. Students will research Maya Angelou and write a paper on her life especially as it relates to this book, but also including other aspects of her life.

2. Class discussion. How did being a poor black child in the 1930's affect Maya Angelou? What about her life made her the person she is as an adult? Why did Maya Angelou write this book?

3. Group Discussion. In small groups students will consider the following question: "What would be the influence of her views on blacks living with prejudice and hatred, especially before World War II?" List five ways in which her influence might be good and five in which it might have caused problems. Present...

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