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On a fresh page in your writer’s notebook, write:. I Know why the Caged Bird Sings , by Maya Angelou. I Know why the Caged Bird Sings , by Maya Angelou. She was born on April 4 th , 1928 in St. Louis Missouri. She was raised in St. Louis Missouri, and Stamps, Arkansas

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on a fresh page in your writer s notebook write

On a fresh page in your writer’s notebook, write:

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

i know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • She was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis Missouri.
  • She was raised in St. Louis Missouri, and Stamps, Arkansas
  • In Stamps, she experienced the racial discrimination present in the South, but she also absorbed faith and the values of African American family, community, and culture.
  • As a teenager, she won a scholarship to study dance. At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African American female cable car conductor. She drama at San Francisco’s Labor School.
  • did eventually graduate high school and gave birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation.
  • She lived in Europe, Egypt, and Ghana, and has mastered French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and the West African Language, Fanti.
  • She worked with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • She has published more than 30 bestselling books of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.
  • She has served on 2 presidential committees, received the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the Lincoln Medal, and has received 3 Grammy Awards.
  • She has received over 50 honorary college degrees and currently is a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University.
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I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Before Reading: Based on the brief life history you have learned about Maya Angelou, what life experiences do you feel might play a role in defining who she is as a person?

With Malcolm X

With Langston Hughes

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I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

During Reading: Annotations

  • Juxtaposition- comparing/contrasting two things by putting them side by side.
  • Underline examples of when Angelou discusses/describes cleanliness and politeness.
  • Box examples of when Angelou discusses/describes filthiness and rudeness.
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I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • After Reading:
    • How does the juxtaposition of descriptions of cleanliness versus uncleanliness emphasize how Angelou feels about the “powhitetrash” children.
    • What emotions does Angelou describe when she talks about the rude girls insulting and mocking her grandmother?
    • How do you think Maya Angelou’s emotions and experiences have affected her actions and helped define who she is?