This lesson is a close/critical reading of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It can be added to a poetry unit, or used as an auxiliary text in any unit about freedom, slavery, imagery, etc.
This reading is broken into 2 parts: Say, Mean, Matter.
The first column contains the text (what does the text SAY?)
The second column contains student analysis (what does the text MEAN?)
The final column contains student connections (why does the text MATTER?)
There is also a section fo simile and metaphor analysis and final reflections.