Caged Bird - Maya Angelou - Worksheets for comprehension and analysis

This six-page resource will help secondary school students understand and analyse the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou. Activities begin with comprehension-style tasks including a summary table and sentence starters, before moving into closer analysis of themes and language techniques, including focus on specific examples from the poem. The final page includes a scaffolded extended writing task with a focus question, pre-written introduction and planning scaffold with ideas and examples pre-filled to assist students in writing the rest of the response themselves.

This resource is suitable for a high school audience, especially around the 8-11th grade bracket, although it may well suit younger or older grades depending on ability. File is included in both Word and pdf formats.

Note that this resource deals with Angelou’s poem Caged Bird, not the autobiographical text I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

While you’re here, why not check out a similar worksheet set on Angelou’s most famous poem, Still I Rise. It can be found here.

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Created: Jan 14, 2021

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