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Teaching Caged Bird

Caged Bird

"Caged Bird" is one of the well-known poems written by African-American writer and poet May Angelou. The poem describes a bird with clipped wings that has been placed in a cage to prevent it from flying away. Despite its fear, the caged bird continues to sing of freedom.\n<br><br>\n<i><u>Literature Set: The Diary of a Young Girl (Text 5)</u> -- This text provides background information and context that can help students better understand Anne Frank's Holocaust diary. Introduce this poem after students have read the Feb. 23, 1944 entry. Ask students to compare and contrast the poet’s description of the caged bird to Anne’s attitudes and experiences while in hiding.</i>\n<br><br>\n<a hre

Maya Angelou
"Caged Bird" from SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING? by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.


Who in our society might feel like a "caged bird"?
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone


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