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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
Maya Teacher Resources
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Students conduct research on artifacts from the ancient civilizations of the Mayas, the Aztecs, or the Incas using both print and non-print resources. They create two-dimensional or three-dimensional representations of their artifacts and present their artifact to the remainder of the class without sharing its identity. Classmates play "20 Questions" in order to identify each others artifacts.
Students discuss equality and fairness by reading a Maya Angelo poem. In this U.S. history lesson, students read the poem I Know Why Caged Birds Sing, and discuss how the era it was written in affected the words. Students identify the framework of poetry and categorize each line.
Practice poetic devices and annotation with this worksheet, 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.