Mother to Son, Women, Still I Rise Analysis, Paired Poems

Windows into Literature
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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16 pages (8 student handouts; 8 answer key)
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Make poem analysis and compare easy with these “Mother to Son” Analysis, Paired Poems. This resource includes three poems: "Mother to Son” (Langston Hughes); “Women” (Alice Walker); and “Still I Rise” (Maya Angelou). Each included poem, powerful in its own right, focuses on the struggles of women and their perseverance to overcome trials.

Lead your students through these three poems as they examine how authors from different backgrounds and time periods treat the theme of perseverance and hope through trials. Students will annotate and analyze figurative language, diction, theme, and more.

What’s included in these “Mother to Son” Analysis, Paired Poems:

✅ Full text of each poem

✅ Teacher Notes – includes poet bio, poem background, and link to audio version

✅ Poem Comparision Activity – Venn Diagram, chart, and written response

✅ Suggested answer key

No prep – simply print, copy, and go!

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16 pages (8 student handouts; 8 answer key)
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