And Still I Rise Lesson Plan

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

This lesson plan utilizes a text lesson analyzing Maya Angelou's anthology of poems, as well as an activity involving a group presentation on her poetry. An exit ticket and extension ideas are also included.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the life of poet Maya Angelou.
  • Analyze several of her poems in the anthology.
  • Connect several poems to common themes in her writing.

Length

45-50 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.10

By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.9

Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

Key Vocabulary

  • Poetry
  • African American women
  • Racial Relations
  • Discrimination
  • Oppression
  • Theme
  • Figurative Language

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