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Bellringer. List five to ten fears that you have in your life. Which of these would you like to overcome?. Maya Angelou Poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”. Maya Angelou. Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time.

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bellringer
Bellringer
  • List five to ten fears that you have in your life.
  • Which of these would you like to overcome?
maya angelou
Maya Angelou
  • Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time.
  • Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
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Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards.

  • President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.
questions for discussion
Questions for Discussion:
  • What kind of stance does the speaker take against her fears in life?
  • How does she deal with them?
  • Do you see her conquering her fears or denying that she actually has them?
  • If she is not afraid, why do you think this is so?
  • Should she be afraid of the things listed in this poem?
  • Why does she strongly refuse to be afraid of these things?
  • Do you find it interesting or even surprising that these things do not frighten the speaker? Why or why not?
  • What is the speaker saying about girls and boys her age in the fifth stanza? Should they frighten her? Do you think she fits in with them?
  • Besides her saying so repeatedly, what else can you point out as evidence of her fearlessness in the poem?
  • Would anything in this poem frighten you? Be honest!
  • Did Angelou’s apparent fearlessness towards things in the poem contradict what you think children are generally frightened of? Look at what you wrote down. Can you say exactly why she refuses to fear these things? Why must she let us know?
life doesn t frighten me by maya angelou
LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME

By Maya Angelou

Shadows on the wallNoises down the hailLife doesn’t frighten me at allBad dogs barking loudBig ghosts in a cloudLife doesn’t frighten me at all.

Mean old Mother GooseLions on the looseThey don’t frighten me at allDragons breathing flameOn my counterpaneThat doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go booMake them shooI make funWay they runI won’t crySo they flyI just smileThey go wildLife doesn’t frighten me at all.

Tough guys in a fightAll alone at nightLife doesn’t frighten me at all.Panthers in the parkStrangers in the darkNo, they don’t frighten me at all.

That new classroom whereBoys pull all my hair(Kissy little girlsWith their hair in curls)They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakesAnd listen for my scream,If I’m afraid at allIt’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charmThat I keep up my sleeve,I can walk the ocean floorAnd never have to breathe.

Life doesn’t frighten me at allNot at allNot at allLife doesn’t frighten me at all.

Maya Angelou Reading Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Life Doesn’t Frighten Meby Maya Angelou
student sample 1
People in the dark

Noises in the park

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Mice on the floor

Screeching of the door

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Mean bank robbers here

Strangers over there

They don’t frighten me at all

Hurricane in the night

Fire in the light

That doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo

Make them shoo…

I make fun

Way they run

I won’t cry

So they fly

I just smile

They go wild

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Knocking on the glass

Shadows going past

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Man-eating sharks

Men with tattoo marks

No, they don’t frighten me at all.

Stared at in the eyes

Screams that make you cry

Never ending stairs

Paths that lead nowhere

They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me snakes and spiders

And listen for my screams

I will not be afraid

I will stand straight and stay

I’ve got a magic charm

That I keep up my sleeve

I can stand so still

You can’t hear me breathe.

Student Sample #1
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Obsession taunting me

Unable to be free

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Losing my dearest bud

Being thought of as a dud

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Something killing all my pets

Being swallowed up by death

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Losing my gift of sight

Causing everything to be white

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo…

My idols being fake

Making a terrible mistake

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Having a fatal disease

Being drowned in the seas

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Being tortured by spiky things

And cruel unusual stretching things

In a cage up in a tower

As the pain’s increasing in its power

They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me angry dogs

And listen for my screams

If I’m afraid at all

It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm

That I keep up my sleeve

I can stand up for myself

And never have to leave.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Not at all

Not at all

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Student Sample #2

and student sample 3
Buzzing bumbling bugs

Auntie’s giant hugs

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

People in a fight

Squeaks and groans at night

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Thunder and lightening

Booming and flashing

They don’t frighten me at all

Beggars on the street

Sitting at my feet

That doesn’t frighten me at all.

I go boo…

Big gray ocean sharks

Getting conduct marks

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Things under my bed

Ghost without its head

No, they don’t frighten me at all.

Those high cliffs up there

I look down and stare

It is much too high

Too close to the sky

They don’t frighten me at all.

Don’t show me teeth and claws

And listen for my scream

If I’m afraid at all

It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm

That I keep up my sleeve

I can walk on red hot coals

And never want to scream.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Not at all

Not at all

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

And Student Sample #3
now you try it
Now YOU try it!
  • Using the poem by Maya Angelou, rewrite the lines that repeat “Life Doesn’t frighten Me”
  • You do not have to write the same number of verses as are in the poem but you must write at least 5 stanzas
  • The lines do not have to rhyme but try to create end rhyme when possible
  • Simply think of things that frighten you, but that you would rather didn’t