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Transcript of SPEAK
Laurie Halse Anderson
The Power of Speech
Think, Pair, Share:
Why is having a voice important?
The groundbreaking novel that changed everything
MARKING PERIOD 1
Study Guide Questions
Multiple Choice Quiz
Pages 3 - 46
Period : Plot Review
Let's look at plot like it's a comic strip!
Now it's your turn to look at plot like a comic strip!
First, go through the book and write down the main plot events from the second marking period.
Now, choose the 6 most important events and draw them in your comic strip.
After you have finished your comic frames, make sure you describe the plot elements on the back, and include the importance of the event.
Let's choose an event from the second marking period and do an example as a class.
After reading the novel,
reflect on the following questions. Answer them on the back of your journal sheet.
1. What allows Melinda to finally speak?
2. Consider the end of the book and the relevance of the last scene.
3. Describe Melinda and Rachel's written conversation in the library. Why does Rachel behave like she does?
4. Offer Melinda advice for how to move forward.
4th Marking Period Assignment: Journal Entry
This will be graded on the rubric that was handed out. Make sure you address ALL of the questions in your journal, and make sure to go in depth with your answers.
1. First Marking Period Questions
2. Quiz #1
3. Second Marking Period Comic
3. Quiz #2
4. Third Marking Period Questions
5. Fourth Marking Period Journal
6. Quiz #3 (On Wednesday)
Who is Laurie Halse Anderson?
- Started her career in writing as a freelance journalist
- She has published more than 25 books (fiction and non-fiction)
- The novel is a
New York Times
- Winner of the Michael L. Pintz Honor Book Award
- Speak is a "coming of age" novel about a girl who feels forced to live with a deep secret that weighs on her conscience
- Speak is an "authentic" portrayal of many issues common to teens today
Agree or Disagree
1. It is better to deal with your problems on your own than to talk about them
2. My friends understand what is going on in my life
3. My parents understand what is going on in my life
4. Teachers want to hear student's opinions
5. If someone is drunk or high, he or she is not responsible for his or her actions
6. Art is a good way to express oneself
7. Being unhappy is normal
8. I have never felt alone or isolated from my peers
9. Time heals all wounds
10. A true friend sticks by you no matter what
The groundbreaking novel that changed everything
Figures of Speech: A Review
Figurative Language: heightened, imaginative language
Hyperbole: extreme exaggeration
ex. "He was so hungry he could have eaten a horse."
Juxtaposition: the act of placing two objects or ideas close together for the purpose of comparison or contrast
Allusion: an indirect reference to a piece of knowledge that is not actually mentioned
ex. An event from history, a biblical story, a well known character
Personification: when non-human things (animal, object, idea) are described as if they were human
ex. The leaves danced in the courtyard
Simile: a comparison using like or as
ex. My love is like a red, red rose
Metaphor: a direct comparison (saying one thing is another thing)
ex. My love is a red, red rose
Imagery: a technique that appeals to the senses; words that create pictures in the mind
ex. "And I know perhaps my heart is farce,
But I'll be born without a mask"
- Mumford and Sons
Dictionary Definition: Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
2 Key Parts
1) Understanding what the other person is going through
2) Being there for the person who is in need
HIGH quality paragraph
Up to this point in the novel
, has anyone tried to empathize with Melinda?
How do you think Melinda would respond if someone really cared and showed her true empathy?
Describe a time in your life when you had an opportunity to show empathy for someone.
What difference did empathy make in that situation?
Writing a Persuasive Paragraph ...
Cliques & Friendship
1. What is a clique?
2. How important are cliques in school?
3. Does Melinda belong to a clique?
4. What does it say about her character that she does/doesn't belong to a particular clique?
5. What groups do you think Melinda will become a part of as she moves through freshman year? Why?
1. What does Rachel mouth to Melinda when she sees her on the first day of high school?
2. What group(s )does Melinda identify with?
3. What does Melinda decide after her encounter with Rachel in the school bathroom?
- What constitutes a good friend?
- What qualities does a good friendship have?
- What qualities does Melinda and Heather's friendship have?
- Is it a "true" friendship or not? Why?
- Why does Melinda choose to be friends with Heather? Why has Heather chosen Melinda?
- What does this friendship tell the reader about Melinda?
Write a one-page response about your closest friend. Focus on what makes him or her
Text to SELF
How does SPEAK connect to something about yourself? Describe in detail. Make as many comparisons as you can, and be specific.
Text to TEXT
How does Speak relate to another text that you have encountered? This could be a movie, a novel, a poem, etc
Text to WORLD
How does Speak connect to something in REAL LIFE?
Text to MEDIA
How does Speak connect to TV, video games, the internet, social media, music, etc