Maya Angelou Teacher Resources
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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 Language Arts 66 Views 55 Downloads 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 Language Arts 61 Views 117 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 5 Views 11 Downloads
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 Language Arts 7 Views 10 Downloads
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 Language Arts 32 Views 356 Downloads
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 Language Arts 16 Views 189 Downloads
Using Poetry to End Name Calling
Students explore language arts by participating in poetry writing activities. In this conflict management lesson, students discuss the emotions that they feel when being teased and discussed. Students read a Maya Angelou poem titled "Still I Rise" and answer study questions about the content.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 30 Views 87 Downloads
"Still I Rise" Reading Comprehension Exercise
Maya Angelou’s poem, "Still I Rise," offers an opportunity for comprehension and close reading practice. The left column of this worksheet contains the text of the poem and the right column presents questions about the six stanzas of the poem.
11th Language Arts 11 Views 25 Downloads
Greetings from Maya Angelou
Students investigate the life and works of Maya Angelou. They complete a Webquest, read poems, listen to a reading by Maya Angelou, answer discussion questions, and write a poem, short story, or essay based on a newspaper article.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 22 Downloads
"And Still I Rise" Proud Black Women: Understanding the poetry of Maya Angelou through the lyrics of two female rappers.
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 writing.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 3 Downloads
"Champion of the World"
“Champion of the World,” a chapter from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is the subject of a study guide that asks readers to consider the author’s purpose, the function of the chapter in the entire narrative, and Angelou’s use of hyperbole and irony in her descriptions.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, learners respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 8 Views 14 Downloads
Students study the meaning of the term 'Jim Crow'. They examine how this term originated, when it was used, and how it served its purpose? They read two short biographies of Maya Angelou and James Comer discover that both authors had strong family support systems which was beneficial for survival.
7th - 8th Language Arts 4 Views 31 Downloads
“And Still I Rise” Proud Black Women
Learners examine the experiences of African American women. In this poetry lesson, students use their literary analysis skills to compare the poetry of Maya Angelou to rap music performed by Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill.
9th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 44 Downloads
The Power of Words: Lesson 13
Fifth graders explore language arts by reading poetry. In this vocabulary usage lesson, 5th graders read a quote from the famous poet Maya Angelou and reflect on the words with their classmates. Students complete a quiz after preparing a vocabulary presentation for their class.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 6 Downloads
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Fun Trivia Quiz
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 authority required for making these web-based tests.
8th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads
Autobiography: Maya Angelou
Students study the concepts of autobiography, biography, and fiction as literary genres. They read, study, and analyze Maya Angelou's autobiographical writings in terms of what she intended to accomplish by her writings. They develop and enhance their literary competence by lessons which focus on figurative and symbolic language and on voice or points of view.
10th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 29 Downloads
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Maya Angelou and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
4th - 8th Language Arts 47 Views 220 Downloads