Letter to My Daughter

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Curriculet Details
17 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view, theme, and the use of imagery as well as annotations describing tone and character development. Written annotations explain style and the author's use of repetition and figurative language. Interactive videos also help readers understand allusions to works of literature and references to artists who have impacted the author's life. Students will explore the themes of acceptance of oneself, respect for other cultures, and the importance of faith. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Letter to My Daughter

Maya Angelou was an African American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 1

"Letter to My Daughter" is book of autobiographical essays and poems. It has also been classified as a memoir as the author shares reflections on particular events and places in her life.  
How is Maya Angelou able to overcome the perception in Stamps, Arkansa that blacks are inferior? 

Chapter 2

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Point of view is the angle of considering things, which shows us the opinion, or feelings of the individuals involved in a situation. It is also the cultural lens from which the story is told. How does Maya's upbringing impact her view of her mother? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3

What revelation or insight does Maya Angelou gain at the age of sixteen? 

Chapter 4

Maya's mother learns of her daughter's pregnancy three weeks before the baby is due. How does her mother's response to the news of the pregnancy influence Maya's perception of herself? 

Chapter 5

How does Mark shatter the author's image of him as the perfect man? 

Chapter 6

The style in writing can be defined as the way a writer writes, and it is the technique that an individual author uses in his writing. It varies from author to author and depends upon one’s syntax, word choice, and tone. The four basic writing styles in literature are expository or argumentative, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. How would you describe Maya Angelou's style? 

Chapter 7

The author refers to the children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes". Watch the video. What is the moral of this story? (This annotation contains a video)
What point does Angelou make with the reference to "The Emperor's New Clothes"? 

Chapter 8

What is the impact of the author's choice of words in this sentence? 

Chapter 9

Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. What devices does the author use to help you understand the main idea? (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz One 

Chapter 10

How does the author teach a lesson about acceptance and culture? 

Chapter 11

Character development refers to how an author reveals details about the character in a narrative. What does the author reveal about herself through this experience?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 12

The statement uses ___________ to point out Bob's mistake in identifying Maya to his friend. 

Chapter 13

Celia Cruz was known as the Queen of Salsa. From her start in Cuba with the band Sonora Matancera to her solo career in the United States, Cruz earned up to 23 gold records before her death in 2003. Watch Celia Cruz's performance on the video. Can you appreciate the rhythms that the author emulated? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 14

Read the excerpt from Patrick Henry's proposal to the Second Virginia Convention. "Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" 
What similar plea is made by Patrick Henry and Fannie Hamer?  
The quotes from Frederick Douglas and Patrick Henry   

Chapter 15

How does Maya Angelou prejudge Samia? 

Chapter 16

Maya Angelou is flattered to make an introduction at the American Film Institute's tribute to William Wyler. What painful past experiences does the tribute conjure up? 

Chapter 17

What technique does the author use to help the reader understand the producer's attitude toward her? 

Chapter 18

Maya Angelou reveals the difficulty of losing friends to death. What is the significance of the italicized text? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter 19

What common theme connect this essay and the chapter "Coretta Scott King"? 

Chapter 20

Tone, in written composition, is an attitude of a writer toward a subject or an audience. Tone is generally conveyed through the choice of words or the viewpoint of a writer on a particular subject. What tone does the author convey in her directive to the waitress? (This annotation contains a video)
What does Killens mean by this statement? 

Chapter 21

What does the author mean by vulgarity, and how does it influence national spirit? 

Chapter 22

In this text, how does the author emphasize the importance of Southern roots?  

Chapter 23

This video explains the difference between literal and figurative language. What literary devices does the author use in this text? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 24

What literary device does the author use to emphasize love? 

Chapter 25

Maya Angelou addresses a class of college graduates. Explain the meaning of the italicized text. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the speaker's message to the graduates? 

Chapter 26

The author shares the second stanza of Langston Hughes' poem "Dream Variations". What visual images does Hughes' poem evoke? 
What technique does the author use to emphasize the self-image  of blacks in America, the Caribbean, and on the African continent?  

Chapter 27

The author holds membership in a church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California. What does her membership in good standing represent for her? 

Chapter 28

Listen to Maya Angelou' introduce "Letter to My Daughter". Does the book accomplish her goals? (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Three