Help your students deepen their analytical skills with a close reading of Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird" and compare/contrast activity with Alicia Keys' song "Caged Bird." Angelou's poem is often seen on ELA standardized tests and yields deep thinking questions that sharpen inferencing and interpretative skills. All-inclusive product provides both texts, background information on Maya Angelou, comprehension/analysis questions, and an optional 5-paragraph compare/contrast essay. Super sub friendly - keep them learning even when you're not there!
***Close reading is a high yield strategy that ensures maximum literary benefits and proficiency as seen in increased test scores.
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