"Still I Rise" Vocabulary
Updated: 2/4/2021
"Still I Rise" Vocabulary
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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

”Still I Rise” was published in 1978 in Maya Angelou’s book of poems And Still I Rise. It is an inspirational and empowering poem about overcoming injustice and prejudice. The use of rhyme and repetition in this poem creates a powerful rhythm when reading aloud, and the voice is strong and confident. Although written with slavery and civil rights in mind, this poem can apply to anyone who has been oppressed, treated poorly, or bullied; it is about not letting others get you down, and rising about the cruelty. This poem can be studied on its own for Social Emotional Learning, or can be taught as part of a poetry unit.


Still I Rise

Storyboard Description

Have students illustrate vocabulary words from "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

Storyboard Text

  • BESET
  • What is she so happy about?
  • SOULFUL
  • SASSINESS
  • Beautiful day, isn't it?
  • (v.) To come at from all sides; completely engulfed. "Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells pumping in my living room."
  • (adj.) Full of or expressing deep feeling; profoundly emotional. "Shoulders falling down like teardrops, weakened by my soulful cries."
  • (n.) Lively spirit. "Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom?"
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