I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Instructional Unit Plan

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Maya Angelou's first autobiography,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, demonstrates both the author's exemplary writing and the themes of gender and racial injustice that perpetuate beyond the limits of the 20th century. Use a thorough unit to reinforce the novel's themes with discussion, writing assignments, brainstorming activities, and a focus on vocabulary.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pick and choose the activities you'd like to complete in the classroom, or implement the entire nine-week unit
  • Display the central themes of the book on the classroom wall during the novel unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure that class members are prepared to have a sensitive discussion about the more traumatizing parts of the book
  • Resource contains specific dates, but is adaptable for a more current lesson
Pros
  • Provides a variety of before and during-reading activities
  • Addresses several language arts skills, including literary analysis and citing evidence in writing
  • Essential questions lend well to a unit on discrimination or social inequality
Cons
  • Does not include a clear writing prompt or a rubric