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Read Chapters 8 and 9 (pgs. 49-60) of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

After reading the assigned pages, in complete sentences, answer the following questions:

From Chapter 8
1.  According to young Maya, their grandmother had more money than all the powhitetrash.  Even so, what were they always cautioned about?
2.  For years, Maya and Bailey believed their parents to be dead.  How did they learn the truth?  What were their reactions?

From Chapter 9
1.  What did Maya’s father sprinkle his sentences with?
2.  Why did Maya not want anyone in Stamps to see her father?
3.  Translate the sentences spoken in Pig Latin to plain English.
4.  Was Maya looking forward to meeting her mother? Reference the text to support your answer.
5. What was Maya’s reaction after finally seeing her mother?

Be prepared to present your answers and the Enrichment Activity (shown below) on Thursday, February 4th.

Enrichment Activity
Blue Scholar, define the following words: exemplary, affluent, pariah, ambrosia

This photograph was taken in 1938 in Lake Dick, Arkansas.

Describe what you see in this photograph and how it makes you feel.


Green Scholar, define the following words: treacherous, profuse, placate, summon

This picture was taken in 1936 in Russelville, Arkansas.

Describe what you see in this photograph and how it makes you feel.

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