Teacher Guide

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Educators intending to use I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in the classroom should be aware of the book’s frank depiction of rape, detailed illustrations of racism in America, and frequent use of explicit language. Though these details do not inhibit Caged Bird’s usability in the classroom, teachers should warn and prepare their students for the book’s mature themes. This autobiography can and will generate vigorous, intellectually stimulating, and important conversations, but full disclosure beforehand is vital.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis.

The questions...

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