The Use of Language in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

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Readers of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings are asked to craft an essay in which they compare how Maya Angelou uses figurative language to depict herself and Mrs. Flowers. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide writers with the rubric before they craft their essays
  • Save the student model until after writers have finished the draft of their essays; then have pairs use the rubric to assess the model
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes prior knowledge of similes, metaphors, and personification and of how to craft a compare and contrast essay
  • Requires individual copies of the writing prompt, the figurative language chart, the outline worksheet, and the peer response sheet
Pros

  • The 15-page packet includes templates for the prompts, charts, essay outline, peer response sheet, and a rubric
  • A model essay is also included in the packet
Cons

  • The resource indicates that readers should focus on a specific excerpt from the novel; however, this passage is neither included nor identified