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Free Verse Poem - Graphic Organizer
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 into poetic language and vivid imagery.
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
“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 their own antonym poem of negative and positive emotions (left out/chosen, ugly/beautiful) that shows how they feel.
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Maya Files
What a creative approach to studying about the ancient Mayan civilization! Learners will become investigators in the case of the "disappearance" of the Classic Maya by examining a variety of primary and secondary source material, including an interview with a Mayan archaeologist, graphs of weather and soil samples, and first-hand accounts from the period.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Students examine what daily life is like for children living in other countries around the world. They read different books in the "Maya's World" series of books by Maya Angelou, write and illustrate an original story about a child in another country, and create a clay figure of their main character.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts
Phenomenal Lesson for the Phenomenal Woman
It's true: women are phenomenal. Use current works from Maya Angelou and Des'ree to spend some time celebrating women. This would be a great resource to use while studying the evolution of women's rights. As an extension activity, consider adding a written component.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Sure the ancient Mayan civilization had an advanced calendar and mathematical system, but did you know that they also played a great team sport like basketball? Invite your learners to discover the great ballcourt at Chichen Itza and ballgame of the Mayans with this engaging set of worksheets.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World
Approach multiculturalism with this rich series of activities that will introduce your learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples—the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the Kiowa and Comanche tribes of the United States.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: I Am the Wall
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Maya Lin: Architect & Sculptor
Learners explore and study about Maya Yang Lin and her influences on contemporary Chinese/American art. They assess the difference between architecture and sculptor and then create a miniature model of an expressive sculptor to symbolize their vision of a world event.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Trees are Homes
Who wouldn't want to live in a tree? I would, and so would a variety of other living organisms. First, the class reads the book Maya and the Town That Loved A Tree, by Kiki and Kathryn Shaw, then they discuss how trees can provide basic needs for different plants, insects, and animals.
1st Science CCSS: Adaptable
Maya Angelou's "Four Foot Feat" Prose Essay
Practice poetic devices and annotation with this instructional activity, which includes Maya Angelou's "Four Foot Feat" on the left side. The right column is for comments or questions that your students might have. The activity is open for you to decide how to use it, as it would work for poetry analysis, a poetry writing activity, or to start a prose essay.
7th - 10th English Language Arts
The Image of Stories-Maya Stela
Students explore filled and empty space in art. In this visual arts lesson plan, students view the Maya "Stela" and various picture books to explore the story within the art pieces. Students create their own stela that tells a story about a person they admire.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Bringing Back the Sun: The Story of Jaguar Inspiring Student Stories
What on earth is that jar for? It was an ancient incense burner used by the Maya, that was inspired by the myth of the sun god. Young analysts hear the story of the Mayan sun god, analyze the story through the artistry in the jar, and then write a continuation of the ancient tale.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
A Headdress of My Own
Students view the works of Maya Stela and explore the animals used in the sculpture. In this lesson, students act as animals and explorers searching for animals. Students recall details of the sculpture. Students role play being jungle explorers and search for the jaguar and quetzal bird as well as other animals.
Pre-K - K Visual & Performing Arts
Be That As It Maya
Creative projects are a great way to engage your class and can be a fun way to assess mastery! Learners create brochures and postcards that might have been created by and for travelers to ancient Mayan cities. They read and discuss the New York Times article "In Maya Ruins, Scholars See Evidence of Urban Sprawl" and explore a website on Mayan sites.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Effects of Slavery
The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this lesson. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou
Examine poetic structure and literary devices in this poetry activity, which uses "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 graphic organizer, in which they paraphrase the poem, and finish several literary analysis questions.
7th - 9th English Language Arts