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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings LitPlan Lesson Plans (Download)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings LitPlan Lesson Plans (Download)


150 pages
Written by Barbara M. Linde
Grades 10-12

Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

It includes:

19 Daily Lessons 
Short answer study questions
Multiple choice quiz questions
Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment
3 detailed writing assignments
Individual and group activities
Critical thinking discussion questions
5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced)
Evaluation forms
Review puzzles & games
Bulletin board ideas
Reproducible student materials
And more!

A Few Additional Notes

There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading, or expressing personal opinions. The detailed writing assignment sheets guide students through the assignments. The first assignment is to write a brief autobiography. This will give the students an opportunity to reflect on an event or events in their lives and comment on how the event has influenced them. The second and third writing assignments relate to Maya Angelou's seeking and winning the job on the San Francisco cable cars. The second writing assignment is to develop a resume. This gives students the opportunity to share information about themselves with others, and to develop a skill that can be applied in real life. In the third writing assignment, students will be asked to prepare for a job interview by composing answers to questions they think would be asked in an interview.

LitPlan Uses

These materials are geared for whole class use but are very easily adapted for independent study work, lit circles or book groups, home school use, or tutoring. If you have never taught this book before, this manual will give you a great foundation of materials on a variety of levels. If you have taught this book before, you might like to know that many veteran teachers have told us they have found our LitPlan Teacher Pack manuals to be much more thorough and more helpful than other materials they have used.

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