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Help students learn about Maya Angelou and analyze her poem, “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” with this incredibly engaging “Doodle and Do” resource. Perfect to teach during Women's History Month! Designed with doodling, interaction, and creativity in mind, you’ll find a Doodle Article about Angelou, Doodle Notes to respond to the nonfiction passage, and an interactive poetry flip book in this resource.
First, students read a nonfiction passage about Angelou that includes information on her childhood, early career, writing, and poetry. Then, they’ll complete a Doodle Notes page to show their understanding of the informational text. Next, students will analyze the poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.” They’ll participate in repeated readings of the poem as their analysis of the poem becomes more and more complex. They’ll use their understanding of the poet as a basis for aspects of their analysis. Students will record their poem interpretations in an interactive flip book.
It’s fun, educational, and a perfect way to study poetry in the classroom!
Great news! This fun resource is part of a bundle of 4 Poet and Poem Studies! You’ll find doodle articles, doodle notes, and poetry analysis flip books for Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes in the bundle! Check it out HERE!
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This resource includes 3 engaging learning activities:
Nonfiction Reading: Students will learn about Maya Angelou as they read a nonfiction passage about the writer. The passage is interactive. As students read, they’ll show their understanding of the text by answering questions, making connections, and evaluating the text. Students will showcase their learning through doodles and sketches. This makes the passage extremely engaging and meaningful. In addition, students will create a bookmark with a quote from Angelou.
Doodle Notes Response: After students read the passage about Angelou, they’ll complete a doodle notes response page. Students will fill in the doodle page with information from the passage including Angelou’s struggles, triumphs, significant life events, and so on. The visual nature of the doodle notes response makes the poet study super fun.
Poetry Analysis Flip Book: Once students have built background about Maya Angelou, they’ll analyze the poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.” Students will participate in repeated readings of the poem to deepen their analysis. The poetry analysis is made hands-on and interactive with a flip book.
This Doodle and Do Resource includes:
Want to take this unit to the next level? Then, add this large poster of Maya Angelou created by Art with Jenny K to these lessons. Students can work together to make a large poster of Angelou along with the poem they study in the Doodle and Do resource! It would work perfectly as an anticipatory set or culminating activity.
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