Maya Angelou’s autobiography is an excellent vehicle
for exploring how people overcome adversity. And because
they often are facing similar problems, high school students
empathize with the young Maya as she struggles to survive
in a hostile environment. Further, the autobiography is
an excellent segue into human rights issues.
The sequence of activities follows the chronological development
of the autobiography and is divided based on its chapters.
How do people overcome adversity?
- How does Maya Angelou overcome adversity?
- How do other characters overcome adversity?
- Why kinds of adversity do people sometimes cause for
- What kinds of adversity are the results of forces outside
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- Students will practice systematic vocabulary development.
(vocabulary development 1.0)
- Students will read and respond to a significant work
(literary response 3.2, 3.6, and 3.12)
- Students will write coherent and focused essays. (writing
- Students will write responses to literature. (writing
- Students will revise and publish work following the
conventions of grammar and manuscript form. (written and
oral language conventions 1.4 and 1.5)
The teacher will use technology to retrieve images, quotations,
passages and literary selections; to locate resources and
documents that help support the unit; and to project images,
quotations, and lessons. Students will use technology to
conduct research and to compose, revise, and edit compositions.