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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical and literary context of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Definition of a coming of age novel
- Maya Angelou's life, works, accomplishments and writing/poetry style
- The genre of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- The significance of the book's title
- The book's setting and time period
- Vocabulary words from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- The differences between the book and the movie
- The book's reception, banned status and awards
1. Coming of Age Novel: Definition & Examples
Growing up is hard to do. In this lesson, we will take a look at coming of age novels, including how a boy named Holden fought teenage angst and a little girl named Scout dealt with racism in the South.
2. Who is Maya Angelou? - Biography, Books, Poetry & Accomplishments
In this lesson, we will look at a remarkable woman, Maya Angelou, and discuss her biography, some of her works, and her accomplishments. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension of the lesson.
3. Maya Angelou: Styles of Writing & Poetry
Maya Angelou was the author of some of the most important poetry and prose of the 20th century. Let's explore the author's writing style in these two forms of writing.
4. Genre of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou's work ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' is still relevant today. Angelou blends the genre of autobiography with literary fiction, creating a piece which connects her life to those of so many African Americans.
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Title Meaning
Sometimes, a cage doesn't have literal bars. That's part of the message behind Maya Angelou's book titled, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.' In this lesson, we'll explore the meaning of the title itself.
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Setting & Time Period
Maya Angelou mainly grew up in a small town in the South in the 1930s and 1940s, but she also experienced life in the city. In this lesson, we'll discuss the setting of Maya Angelou's autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.
7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Vocabulary Words
''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' by Maya Angelou is a memoir that explores identity, race, and womanhood. It was Angelou's debut memoir and was published in 1969. In this lesson, we will look at some important vocabulary words from the book.
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Awards
'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is one of the most influential autobiographies written in the second half of the 20th century. Maya Angelou's work drew the focus of organizations and the general public as well.
9. Why is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Banned?
What could possibly get you banned from a school classroom or library? In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that Maya Angelou's book, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' ranks among the most frequently banned.
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Movie vs. Book
'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is a novel about author Maya Angelou's childhood in Stamps, Arkansas prior to the civil rights movement. In this lesson, we will discuss how the novel differs from the movie adaptation directed by Fielder Cook.
11. Reception of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou's novel ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' tells her story about growing up as a young black girl in the American South facing many hardships. This lesson will explore how the book was received by audiences and critics giving additional focus to its literary influence and censorship.
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