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"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Transcript of "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Do Now: Read Speak, Of Mice and Men, or a novel of choice (20 minutes)
Do Now: Recall what Melinda's year long assignment? Summarize.
Do Now: Get out your Elements worksheet from last Friday
Reading Strategy: 5 and 2
Hand out "Of Mice and Men" book = mandatory independent reading
Do Now: What does it mean to be a social outcast?
"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Do Now: What are some cliques are QRHS that you've noticed so far?
How would you stereotype yourself?
Final thoughts on the novel,
Final discussion on
Review MLA Format & Work Cited page
Introduce Final Essay
Exit Ticket: What are some lies you’ve experienced so far in high school? How is high school so far?
Exit Ticket: Melinda completes a watercolor of a tree that has been struck by lightning on pages 30,31, and then she draws a childish version on page 32. Take the rest of class and draw these trees in your journal.
Notes on Irony and Character
Exit Ticket: What is a long term assignment that you wouldn’t mind working towards?
When Melinda paints a tree struck by lightning, what is she conveying emotionally? Remember that the assignment was to show emotion through your artwork.
Predict who or what "IT" is?
In Class: Read pages 3-6
Discussion: The First 10 Lies They Tell You in High School
Homework: Read to page 20
No further than "Friends"
The contrast between expectation and reality. This incongruity has the effect of surprising the reader or viewer. Techniques of irony include hyperbole, understatement, and sarcasm.
A person who takes part in the action of a story, novel, or a play
Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something different from what a person actually says.
"I can't wait to read this 700 page book!
Overstatement - exaggerates
Understatement - undermines
It occurs when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the story are not aware of
An example of dramatic irony is in a movie where a detective does not know that the criminal responsible for the crimes in the city is his partner. The audience however is already aware of this fact and waits anxiously to know what will happen once the character finds out what they already know.
It involves a discrepancy between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
When a TV weather presenter gets caught in an unexpected storm, it is ironic because he or she is expected to know the exact weather changes.
For situation irony to occur there has to be something that leads a person to think that a particular event or situation is unlikely happen.
Major or central characters:
the plot and resolution of conflict revolves around these characters.
serve to complement the major characters and help move the plot events forward.
A rounded character is anyone who has a complex personality; he or she is often portrayed as a conflicted and contradictory person.
A flat character is the opposite of a round character. This literary personality is notable for one kind of personality trait or characteristic.
The Owl at Purdue
Reading Strategy: Drawing Inferences
Reading Strategy: Synthesizing
Simile & Metaphor
Simile and Metaphor Scavenger Hunt
"Of Mice and Men" exercise and discussion
is a figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, a simile draws resemblance with the help of the words “like” or “as”. Therefore, it is a direct comparison.
Common Examples of Simile
•Our soldiers are as brave as lions.
•Her cheeks are red like a rose.
•He is as funny as a monkey.
•The water well was as dry as a bone.
•He is as cunning as a fox.
is a figure of speech which makes an implied or hidden comparison between two things or objects that are poles apart from each other but have some characteristics common between them. In other words, a resemblance of two contradictory or different objects is made based on a single or some common characteristics.
1.My brother was boiling mad. (This implies he was too angry.)
2.The assignment was a breeze. (This implies that the assignment was not difficult.)
3.It is going to be clear skies from now on. (This implies that clear skies are not a threat and life is going to be without hardships)
4.The skies of his future began to darken. (Darkness is a threat; therefore, this implies that the coming times are going to be hard for him.)
5.Her voice is music to his ears. (This implies that her voice makes him feel happy)
Activity: Read "Elephant in the Room" by unknown and answer all of the questions at the bottom of the worksheet
Writer's Workshop: Theme & Conflict
Notes on Conflict!
Conferences! 1v1's with Miss A
Video of Maya Angelou
Paired Text: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou and answer all questions on worksheet
Writer's Workshop: Conflict and Character Traits
Conferences: 1v1's with Miss A
a problem a character faces that comes from an outside source.
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society
a problem a character faces that comes from within
Man vs. Self
Identify the conflict and theme of the poem "Elephant in the Room" and explain how this poem relates to the novel, "Speak" in a CEAA paragraph.
The unknown author's poem title, "Elephant in the Room" immediately creates the metaphoric idiom of issues and problem that people want to ignore.
Throughout the poem, the narrator expresses that it is "hard to get around it.... [but] we all know it's there" ("Elephant in the Room" 2,6).
The author compares a big issue to the size of an elephant that everyone knows about but refuses to discuss. Furthermore, the novel, "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson has a female protagonist that battles her secret of being raped by an older boy just before her freshmen year of high school.
The internal conflict of emotionally dealing with her secret
coincides with the poem's message of trying to speak up and communicate one's problems to other people.
Melinda struggles to share her secret and become so introverted that she begins to isolate herself from everyone as her friends and family continue on with their daily lives.
Like the poem, people's "trivial chatter" cover the narrator's problem even though they know it is both an issue (4). T
hus, leaving a problem with no solution causes mental torture and can make a person
feel "alone/ in a room" (12-13).
Things to remember...
•Use slashes (/) to indicate line breaks within the poem
•Keep all punctuation intact as it appears in the poem
•Use quotation marks to denote the beginning and end of the quotation
Identify the conflict and theme in the poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Explain how this poem shares a common message with the novel "Speak" in a CEAA paragraph.
Things to remember:
Cite novel (Author Page#) example: (Anderson 96)
Cite poem (Author Line#) example: (Angelou 5)
Claim = Pick your conflict for the poem but make sure it is concurrent with a conflict in "Speak."
Evidence = Relevant Evidence, Embedded and Hearsay
Analysis = the interpretation
Remember, what ever you think is right! Just as long as you use evidence and analysis to support your idea!!!
You will need to decide what is important and how much time you will need to get the following assignments passed in on time.
Final "Of Mice and Men" discussion due Wednesday, October 29
Creative Project due Friday, October 31
Final Essay due Friday, October 31
Suggestions for Tuesday's class:
Read 20-30 minutes
Work on essay 30-40 minutes
Work on project 20-30 minutes
Small Group Conferences with Miss Aidonidis
Suggestions for Wednesday's class:
Class discussion on "OMAM" 20 minutes
Work on essay 45-50 minutes
Set up document in MLA format 10-15 minutes (consider the time it takes to start up and shut down a computer)
Print no matter what
Pass in Creative Project with rubric attached (no excuses)
Finish revising paper
Print and pass in paper with rubric