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Out of My Mind

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by Fiona Cashin on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Out of My Mind

Who is Melody?
What is this book about?
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a wonderful book. It stars an extremely intelligent girl of age 11. She is probably the smartest kid in her entire school. There are people who are very smart, like her. Everyone knows that they are intelligent. That is not the case with Melody. The reason nobody knows how intelligent she is, or hardly anything else about her is because she has a disability, and a very difficult one too. She can't walk, talk, write, or pick up anything. But she watches everyone, and also listens. She doesn't forget anything like a conversation, a date, or even a word, like most people. She remembers everything. In this book, you will see what it is like to be Melody. You will see the challenges of being like her. You will see how she reacts, what she thinks, how she breaks free, out of her cage and finds her voice. Most of all, you will see how a small girl makes a big difference.
What is gifted?
What is gifted, you may ask? Normally what would come to mind is someone with more creativity than others. You might think that they are in the classes with all of the smart kids. A lot of times, that is the case. They get pulled out with a special group. That is not always how it works, though. Sometimes, they are in the special classes that don't know they are smart. They treat them like babies. And they can't do anything about it. They can't tell anyone anything, sometimes. Some people don't know that they can think at all. Sometimes it looks like they are going crazy, but nobody ever dreamed of what it is like to be how they are. It is almost as if they are trapped. That is where Melody comes along. She can't tell anyone she is smart, or hardly anything else. She is just, well, stuck.
Her disease
Her Disease
Melody has another disease called synesthesia. This means that she is able to see colors or visualize flavors when music is played.
Photographic Memory
Melody Brooks has what is called a photographic memory. This means that she remembers every second of her life. She remembers the day she was born, probably better than her parents do. She remembers the smell of her mothers soap, the music she listens to, everyone she has ever talked to. It is like a camera inside of her head, but she has no delete button. When she sees something, "Click!" it floats into her memory. Words, pictures, songs, laughter. They all stick in her photographic memory.
Intelligence
Melody is the most intelligent girl in her entire school, but only she knows it. Melody must face the challenges of boredom and the difficulties of not communicating. She can't tell anyone about what she wants to do and what she doesn't. She sometimes just has to play along, act unintelligent. Melody must challenge herself to find a way to "talk" so people can understand her.
Family
In the beginning of the book, Melody Brooks lives with her loving Mom and Dad; who wouldn't give anything to let her out of their sight. Mrs. V is close enough to Melody's family, also, that she can be considered family.
Melody brooks has a type of disease called
cerebral palsy. This means that she can not walk, move on her own very well, pick anything, write, or talk.
Sources
If you were Melody, would you choose to walk or talk?
Stephen Hawking
Jenny. "Google." Google. N.p., 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
<https://www.google.com/search?hl=en>.
About the Author
Sharon Draper is a writer and a professional Language Arts teacher. She has written many award-winning books, including Out of My Mind. This particular book has won a handful, including being the New York Times Bestselling Book for 9 entire weeks! This book has won a total of 15 state awards and many national awards. Her other books have gotten many awards also. Some of her other novels include Tears of a Tiger, Copper Sun, and November Blues.
Now, Sharon Draper travels all over the place and participates in many activities. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog, Honey and her husband.
"Welcome to the Official Site of Sharon Draper."
Welcome to the Official Site of Sharon Draper. N.p.,
n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2013. <http://sharondraper.com/
formal-biography.asp>.
Sharon Draper
Draper, Sharon. "Sharon Draper's Blog." Sharon Draper's
Blog. N.p., 7 Apr. 2010. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
<http://sharondraper.blogspot.com/>.
Anyone should read out of my mind!!! Kids, teens, even adults! There are so many ages who have enjoyed this book. You could recommend it to anyone and they would love this wonderful book by Sharon Draper.
I know I would choose to talk, based on what I read in the book. I would never want to be trapped inside myself, not able to express how I feel. I would want everyone who listens to know about me. If
you
were in Melody's place, what would you choose: talking or talking?
Stephen Hawking inspires Melody to be great. Now, we will learn about who he is...
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. This was 300 years after Galileo's death. As a child, Hawking enjoyed mathematics. He went to High School at age 8 then went to University College, Oxford. Because he could not study math, he chose physics, instead. After that, he went to research Cosmology at Cambridge at age 20. At 21, he became diagnosed with a disease where he lost control of his muscles. The doctor said he would die in a few years, but he pushed past that. He met his wife, and received his Ph.D. After achieving many goals, including creating the theory of Hawking Radiation, Hawking caught pneumonia, and lost his voice from an operation. He has received many awards, overcoming his illness. He has also been given quite a few titles and has written a couple of books.
"About Stephen - Stephen Hawking." Stephen
Hawking. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
<http://www.hawking.org.uk/about-stephen.html>.
"Biography on Stephen Hawking." ThinkQuest. Oracle
Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
<http://library.thinkquest.org/C007571/english/advance/
biography.htm>."Biography on Stephen Hawking."
ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
Biography of Steven Hawking
A picture of your life
Draw a picture of your life. Create images of others lives, or even Melody's. Compare your life picture to Melody's. What colors did you use that were different from your image? How are the two pictures similar or different?
Who should read this book?
Saxena, Saumya. "All About Life..." : Colors of Life.
N.p., 4 Apr. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2013.
<http://strangertwoworlds.blogspot.com/2011/04/
different-colours-of-life.html>.
Picture of colors of life
A picture of the "Out of My Mind" cover
Sharon Draper's website: tells all about her
Sharon Draper's blog
Includes pictures of her
A website with information on Stephen Hawking
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Book
Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind. New York:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Out of My Mind
What is
gifted?

Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper
This project was
made by Fiona
Cashin

Who is she?
Melody is 11 years old and has never spoken a word. She must use a talking board attached to the side of her wheelchair. Unfortunately, she must face the challenge of such a limited vocabulary. She has an alphabet and a number strip were she can spell things out, but that takes a long time, of course. In Out of My Mind, you will see how this young girl solves her problem of communication.
About
the book

Who is
Melody

Recommended
Question
Stephen Hawking
Picture of your life
About the author
Sources
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