I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 172-page teaching guide written to focus on time-tested best practices for teaching, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standards, and the Texas TEKS for grades 9-12.
Perfect for student-directed distance learning or homeschooling, however, this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.
Designed to require as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire. Lessons and activities are clear, and provide students with full explanation on how to complete activities (giving examples and providing mini-lessons whenever possible), requiring little to no explanation or detailed instruction from the teacher. In many cases, students will be able to self-direct their study and completion of work according to your requirements, making it perfect for distance learning.
This Literature Guide for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings includes:
- Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities List (addresses numerous and varied CCSS for ELA)
- Pre-Reading Activity: Poetry Analysis
- Informational Focus Articles that address numerous and varied Reading: Informational standards for Grades 9-12, including:
- Article on Genre: Autobiography Article on Buildungsroman with corresponding questions
- Historical Context Article on the Civil Rights Movement with corresponding questions
- Historical Context Article on Jim Crow Laws with corresponding questions
- Historical Context Article on Racial Violence and Crime with corresponding questions
- Article on Cultural/Social Context in Literature with corresponding questions
- Author Biography with corresponding questions
- Pre-Reading and Interpretation lesson
- Website Exploration: The Jim Crow Laws
- Vocabulary List without Definitions
- Vocabulary List with Definitions
- Diction, Allusions, Slang, and Other Unique Terminology List
- Anticipation/Reaction Guide: Pre-Reading Response and Post-Reading Response
- Active Reading Guide for Note-Taking (addresses numerous and varied CCSS for ELA)
- Comprehension and Analysis Questions for deeper understanding of the novel (addresses numerous and varied Reading: Literature standards)
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Specific CCSS Reading: Literature Lessons on:
- Diction (RL.9-10.4, L.9-10.3; RL.11-12.4, L.11-12.3)
- Summarizing (RL.9-10.2; RL.11-12.2)
- Characterization (RL.9-10.3; RL.11-12.3)
- Word Choice and Tone (R.,9-10.4, L.9-10.4a; RL.11-12.4, L.11-12.4a)
- Analyzing Event Order and Manipulation of Time (RL.9-10.5; RL.11-12.5)
- Using Textual Evidence to Support an Inference (RL.9-10.1; RL.11-12.1)
- Theme (RL.9-10.2; RL.11-12.2)
Specific CCSS Writing Lessons on:
- Descriptive Writing (W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3d; W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3d)
- Narrative Writing (W. 9-10.3, W.9-10.3c; W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3c)
- Point of View (W.9-10.3a; W.11-12.3a)
- Using Arguments to Support Claims (W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.1b; W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.2.1b)
- Objective Tone (W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.2d; W.911-12.1d, W.11-12.2d)
- Transition Words and Phrases (W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.2c, W.9-10.4; W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.2c, W.11-12.4)
- Writing Introductions and Conclusions (W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.2a; W.11-12.1a, W.11-12.2a)
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Specific CCSS Language Lessons on:
- Parallel Structure (L.9-10.1a)
- Connotation and Denotation (L.9-10.5b, L.11-12.5b)
- Nuance (L.9-10.5b; L.11-12.5b)
- Using Context Clues to Identify Unknown Words (L.9-10.3, L.9-10.4a)
- Colons and Semicolons (L.9-10.2a, L.9-102b)
- Phrases (L.9-10.1b)
- Clauses (L.9-10.1b, L.9-10.2.a)
- Reading Quizzes for each section
- Vocabulary Quizzes for each section
- Two Final Exams: one written to higher-level of rigor for CCSS assessments; one all-multiple choice test for differentiation, primarily recall and comprehension, designed to ease students into the rigor of Common Core assessments
- Post-Reading and Extension Ideas (addresses numerous and varied CCSS for ELA)
- Essay and Writing Ideas (addresses numerous and varied Writing CCSS for ELA)
- Teacher's Agenda/Notes
- Sample Agenda
- Summary of the Novel
- Answer Key
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