Figurative Language = writing or speech that is NOT meant to be taken literally; writers state ideas in vivid and imaginative waysSensory Language = details that appeal to a persons taste, touch, speech, sight, and hearingExcerpt = a passage or segment taken from a longer work
Activity: have students use the calendar photos and in pairs, create an example of a simile & metaphor
1. Show A & E Biography from YouTube2. KaganStructure: Hands Up- Pair UP- ShareEach student will be given a fact about Maya Angelou, students will then raise hand, roam around the room, and pair up with fellow classmate. Students will read the facts they have to their new partner about Maya Angelou. Once both students read the facts, students will exchange facts and move to another partner.
Discuss the setting of this portrait.
Demonstrate finding essential message. Advanced students consider using Blank Two-Columnnotes and allowing students to find their own important quotes
Listen to Maya Angelou read her poem aloud. As partners read, have them take notes on essential message of each stanza. Have students compare essential messages and discuss.
Discuss with students the titles of both pieces and explain that MayaAngelou wrote the memoir after the poem and named her memoir for thispoem.
I know why the caged bird sings
Building Academic Vocabulary Set Up your BAV notebook for the following terms: -Figurative Language -Stated Main Idea -Implied Main Idea
Types of Figurative LanguageSimile = two unlike things arecompared using the word like or asMetaphor = one thing is referred to as ifit were another using the word is or areIdiom= expression that has a meaning
Skill Our Learning Goals -Main Idea- Students will be able to identify and determine an essential message. Students will be able to identify and analyze figurative language and descriptive language. Students will be able to use and show insight in a reflective paragraph.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings poemThe free bird leaps on the back of the The free bird thinks of another breeze wind and the trade winds soft through the sighingand floats downstream till the current trees ends and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-brightand dips his wings in the orange sun rays lawnand dares to claim the sky. and he names the sky his own.But a bird that stalks down his narrow But a caged bird stands on the grave of cage dreamscan seldom see through his bars of rage his shadow shouts on a nightmare screamhis wings are clipped and his feet are tied his wings are clipped and his feet are tiedso he opens his throat to sing. so he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird sings with fearful trill The caged bird sings with a fearful trillof the things unknown but longed for still of things unknown but longed for stilland his tune is heard on the distant hill and his tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom. for the caged bird sings of freedom. —Maya Angelou
What insight does the author reveal in the memoir? How can one person affect change within another person’s life? Which details from the text support the idea that the visit with Mrs. Flowers had a positive effect on Marguerite’s life? How does the author’s perspective lead to her insight?
Writing Application 1. Brainstorm a list of people that have influenced your life so far. Try to think of at least five people who have affected your life in a significant way, either positively or negatively. Remember, they should be specific people. 2. Choose ONE person and write randomly about them for five (this will loosen up your memories of the person, and remind you why you chose this person over others). 3. Now, using the six boxes graphic organizer, fill out each box using your memories of the person you chose.
Writing ApplicationDescribe: Use figures of speech, sensory Associate: “This makes me think of…”language, and vivid word choice to describe Connect the person with something else youthe person know.Compare and Contrast: How are you and Anecdote: What is the most definingthe person the same? How are you moment you had with this person?different? Compare or contrast yourself toyour influential person.Application: What did you learn from this Impact: What has changed in your lifeperson? How have they influenced you life? because of this person?How can you apply the influence to yourpresent life?