Poet and Poem Study – Maya Angelou – Doodle Notes Women's History Month

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My kids love anytime they can use their creativity to learn about a person. This is a great set of activities. Thank you kindly for a fun way to learn about such a wonderous lady.
A beautiful and inspiring resource! My homeschool students created a lovely portfolio with these worksheets and it was a fun project to work on.
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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!

Resource Overview:

  • This resource is designed to help students learn about Maya Angelou, and then analyze one of her poems.

  • Students will read a nonfiction passage about Angelou. The article is an incredibly unique DOODLE ARTICLE. While reading the doodle article, they’ll answer questions and sketch doodles directly in the passage to show their understanding of the text.

  • Then, students will fill in a Doodle Notes page to creatively respond to the text about Angelou. Students will practice skills in sequencing, connecting to the text, questioning, evaluating, and synthesizing as they complete the Doodle Notes page.

  • After building background information on the poet, students will analyze the poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.”

  • As students analyze the poem, they'll complete a five-page interactive flip book. Students will complete repeated readings of the poem to develop deep interpretation and comprehension.

  • This mini-unit will take at least 3 days to complete.

  • Added Bonus: As part of the Doodle Article about Maya Angelou, students will color and cut out a bookmark with an inspirational quote from Angelou.

Skills developed with this resource:

  • Close reading of a nonfiction text
  • Active reading and response strategies: sequencing, connecting, questioning, evaluating, and synthesizing
  • Poetry analysis including interpretation of what the poem says explicitly and implicitly
  • Identifying and analyzing critical elements of poetry including rhyme, rhyme scheme, near rhyme, and imagery

Common Core State Standards:

  • RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.10
  • RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.5, Rl.6, RL.10
  • W.9, W.10
  • L.1, L.3, L.4, L.5, L.6
  • SL.1, SL.6

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:

  • Poet Study and Poetry Analysis – Detailed Resource Overview (for teacher)
  • Flip Book Assembly Directions
  • Detailed Lesson Plans – Reading and Responding to the Doodle Article, Doodle Response, and Poetry Analysis (4 pages)
  • Informational Text about Maya Angelou – Doodle Article (3 pages)
  • Inspirational Quote Bookmark
  • Doodle Notes – response to article
  • Links to download “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”
  • Analysis Flip Book – Overview, Rhyme Scheme, Imagery and Analysis
  • Teacher Keys (poetry analysis)

IMPORTANT: The poem, "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" is NOT included in this resource. However, there are several links to make accessing the poem super quick and easy. There's even a styled page to print the poem on if you'd like!

Art Integration

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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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