Teacher Guide

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to identify and analyze key themes and symbols in the text.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to trace the narrator’s development from childhood to adolescence to womanhood and pinpoint key events in her development process.

  3. 3

    Students will learn about the many historical and cultural allusions made in the text, and understand what impact they had on the narrator.

  4. 4

    Students will gain a greater understanding of the autobiographical literature genre.

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