These are DO NOW activities to use as a bell ringer to the start of class for most chapters of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It gets students editing and proofreading while also staying on topic with the text. The quotes come directly from the text. Students will receive the quote from the text with errors, and teacher has the fixed version to share after students complete. These can be written on the board by the teacher or copied onto a white board program such as a Promethean or Smartboard. Just copy the fix it to project, or cut the answer key and provide a copy to the students to fix on paper. For this activity students will identify who said it, how it is pivotal to the chapter, and fix the errors, without looking in the text. Find an example from the Prologue below. Great for getting students COMMON CORE ready by analyzing text as well as grammar and spelling.
I was really white and because a crule fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealos of my beauty, had turned me into a to-big Negro girl with nappy black hair broad feet and a space between her teeth who would hold a number-two pencil.
I was really white and because a cruel fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealous of my beauty, had turned me into a too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil.