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Young scholars examine the role of women in Mesoamerica. They watch segments of the Discovery video "Mesoamerica: The History of Central America". After conducting further research pertaining to specific Mayan women, they write essays based on their findings.
Students explore Mayan culture. In this Mayan world cultures instructional activity, students identify 5 methods by which the Mayan people carried things. Students view several drawings and photographs of these items, then describe how each item was handcrafted and used.
Young scholars identify the use of characterization in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this characterization lesson plan, students define characterization and write descriptive paragraphs about Maya Angelou's grandmother. Young scholars complete a character table for the grandmother and Uncle Willie.
Learners read and analyze the novel "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. They discuss the poetry and prose of the book, the importance of role models, complete a worksheet, and write a narrative using figurative language.
Ninth graders explore I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this introductory lesson, 9th graders read Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise." Students write a journal telling what they believe is the message contained in the poem and discuss the poem's tone.
Young scholars complete chapter analysis activities for Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.In this chapter analysis instructional activity, students read the preface and chapter 1 and complete vocabulary activities, journal activities, and use the popcorn reading strategy. Young scholars discuss highlights of the chapter.
Students view examples of Depression era images and relate them to chapters from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this Maya Angelou lesson, students discuss chapters 8 and 9 from the text and define setting. Students view pictures from Arkansas during the Great Depression and make notes about each image. Students discuss the images.
Students use Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as analysis on human rights. In this human rights lesson, students develop an awareness of human rights issues and explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights using the given websites and Angelou novel.
Students use a graphic organizer and a Venn Diagram in order to compare William Blake's, Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright to Maya Angelou's, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this comparative analysis lesson, students compare and contrast the characters of Sistine and the Tiger.
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. Pupils will need to be familar with similes, metaphors, symbols, and dialect. No answer key is provided.
Students complete activities for the autobiography of Maya Angelou. In this autobiography lesson, students write a journal entry about their life and discuss the morphology of the word autobiography. Students use active reading strategies to read Angelou's autobiography and a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Students complete a scavenger hunt activity and discuss literary devices in the texts.
Fifth graders listen to lectures on the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans. They construct a mask base and then decorate it in thirds with symbols meaningful to each of the three cultures being studied.
Students examine the practice of weaving by Mayan women. They read personal accounts and write a sentence stating the main idea. They also write a short report on weaving as a cultural and economic way of life for the Mayan women.
With a Classroom Performance System, 6th graders use their remote controls to answer a series of questions about Latin American civilizations. They research and fill out a worksheet on one of the three major ancient civilizations: Maya, Aztec, or Inca. This lesson is technology driven which is good but lacking in content. Filling out a worksheet online is really no different than with pencil. I believe the novelty of the CPS is the focus and not the fascinating content.
Elmo and Maya Angelou discuss words that start with the letter M. What a fun way to explore M! It's short, but sweet.
Introduce your class to the amazing temple at Chichen Itza. Mayan culture, technology, and architecture are briefly described in this three-minute video. A great way to get your 4th-7th graders ready for an exciting unit.
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. Additionally, they perform African-American spirituals and write reflectively for the lesson.
First graders explore the location of the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations. They role-play what it was like to live like these civilizations did and develop an appreciation and tolerance for other cultures.
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. use the second part of this activity with any poem, as it is not specific to "Woman Work."
Students will learn how two cultures express ideas of remembrance and honor ancestors by investigating Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and America's Memorial Day, as well as the Vietnam Memorial. They will learn about the artist Maya Lin and her design of the Vietnam Memorial.