Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

NOTE TO EDUCATORS: The movie featured in this lesson plan includes brief references to child abuse and its traumatic effects. Consider previewing the movie before showing it to the class.

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Maya Angelou, and supports the standard of describing the lives and contributions of historical figures. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of a challenge they’ve experienced. Ask: How did this experience change you? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Maya Angelou topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about Maya Angelou while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary exploring how Maya Angelou channeled her experiences into art. (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing the major events in Maya Angelou’s life. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing the significance of Maya Angelou’s contributions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Watch Maya Angelou recite her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at the 1993 presidential inauguration. Cite details to answer the questions. (Essential Literacy Skill:Evaluate content presented in diverse media)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Maya Angelou Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Maya Angelou Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Sortify: World Changing Women: This game challenges players to sort influential women by attributes, such as musicians, writers, Suffrage Movement, and more.  

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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