Writing Prompt: Answer the Question – Why Does a Caged Bird Sing?

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 014Dr. Maya Angelou Wednesday

Every Wednesday during the month of February, we’re going to focus on different aspects of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life, including her written works, inspirational sayings, and current events. Perhaps the most recognizable African American woman author in today’s society, Dr. Maya Angelou and her extraordinary life story bring valuable lessons to all of us. Dr. Angelou has a unique way of capturing the essence of racial tension and turning it into a positive for all to mimic in our own lives. Today’s writing prompt focuses on what is considered her most important work of literature, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

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  • Step 1: Do basic Internet research and learn about “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” What is this book about? Why do you suppose Dr. Angelou wrote it?
  • Step 2: Read a summary of this book. Bonus points if you have time to read the whole book!
  • Step 3: Answer this question as it applies to your life: Why does a caged bird sing? Hint: Depending on what stage of life you are in, you may have already had life experiences that will shape your answers.
  • Bonus Step: If you own a blog and wish to share a link to the blog post that contains your response to today’s writing prompt, we welcome your permalink and encourage you to post it as a comment below!

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About the Author

Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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