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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of Maya Angelou’s seven part series of books about her life. The next book in the series, Gather Together in My Name, picks up where Caged Bird left off and includes further exploration of the themes and ideas Angelou presents in Caged Bird. In addition, scholars and critics claim that Gather Together in My Name is better written than Caged Bird. All of these factors make it a logical choice when looking for works that connect well with Caged Bird.

Another work to consider is Mill on the Floss by George Elliot. Critics have found many similarities between the two works, citing that they both focus on strong-willed heroines, examine literature...

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