This is a unit plan frame for the text I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and "Letters from a Birmingham Jail." It is designed to address the Common Core standards grade band 11-12 and inlcudes suggested activities, supplemental texts, and assessment ideas.
This lesson introduces Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for Storm Lake High School's Diverse Literature course. It gives background on the author, setting, and the book itself as well as introducing students to the window-mirror concept in making connections with literature.
This lesson is the first in the “Beyond Rosa Parks: Powerful Voices for Civil Rights and Social Justice” series that introduces students to African-American civil rights activists who may be unfamiliar to them.
This collection uses primary sources to explore the poetry of Maya Angelou. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.