Celebrate National Poetry Month with this engaging lesson on Maya Angelou's stunningly poignant poem of injustice, "Caged Bird."
This dynamic lesson plan on Angelou's poem is the perfect addition to your poetry unit. In this lesson, students will analyze the figurative language within the poem and respond to its powerful theme through independent work, paired activities, and full class discussion. The lesson plan even includes a unique way to read the poem as a class that will have your students engaged from the start. The meticulously laid-out materials will prompt your students to think, speak, read, draw, and write all in one class period and interacting deeply with one of the most celebrated works of American poetry.
- Comprehensive lesson plan with warm-up, explanation, application, and synthesis
- Student packet: copy of the poem, notes on Maya Angelou, chart and drawing activity, open response question
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