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Lesson 5 Chapters 2, 3, and 4


  • To demonstrate understanding of chapters
  • To learn to use QAR (question-answer-relationships) reading comprehension strategy.


Copies of the QAR chart and concept map.


  1. Collect scavenger hunt assignments. Have students take turns sharing responses to the questions.

  2. Assign reading check questions from chapters 2 and 3. Collect and discuss.
    Example: Who is Uncle Willie, and what is wrong with him? How did it happen? How is his life affected?
    NOTE: The purpose of the reading check questions is primarily to encourage students to do the homework reading assignments and to return the discussion to the story. Teachers should collect responses before the discussion so that students are not allowed to answer as a result of class discussion. And to make this exercise meaningful to students, points must be awarded for the responses.

  3. Discuss chapter highlights. (See study guide sites below.)

  4. Explain to students that you want to teach them a reading comprehension strategy called QAR, which means question-answer-relationships. The purpose of the strategy is to help them engage in active reading and to thereby increase their reading comprehension.
    See http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/readquest/strat/qar.html

  5. Explain the strategy and the four types of questions.

  6. Show students the “concept map”; distribute copies of the QAR chart.

  7. Distribute copies of sample passage (included with the site) and questions; read and discuss.

  8. Read Caged Bird chapter 4; have students write two “right there” questions and answers; share.

  9. Discuss questions and collect for assessment of understanding and points.


Read chapter 5 and 6 and write two “right there” questions.


Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Subject: English
Grade Level: 9th

Lesson Plan Author:
Juanita McCrary-Holmes
School: Skyline High School
Organization: OUSD