Lesson: Day 2 - "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
On the second day, I will lead the students through a Close Read of Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise." The students will have a copy of the text (attached) and will follow the established procedure of Close Reading. They will begin by silently, independently reading the poem through one time without making any notation on the paper. They will then go through and define any bolded words as well as any unfamiliar terms and terms with multiple possible meanings/definitions.
Once this preliminary work is completed, I will give the students 10 minutes to go through the speech and make note of items that stand out to them or that they feel may need more clarification or thought on. It is important to allow them to work through the text on their own before I provide them with specific questions to answer and tasks to partake in. Once this time has passed, I will go through a series of questions and tasks, one by one, shown on the SmartBoard. I will travel throughout the room during this process to engage students in mini-discussions, provide guidance and scaffolding for struggling students, and ask questions of excelling students that allow them to continue delving deeper into the piece.
When this process is completed, in the short remaining time of the class period, I ask the students to write a short response/reflection of the piece and their experience reading it. They should not complete it fully in this short remaining time, and thus will need to do so as homework. I like this because it makes them step away from it and come back to it later when it has had more time to resonate with them and "sink in" before they finish the written reflection.