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Speak: Beginnings by Laurie Halse Anderson
Transcript of Speak: Beginnings by Laurie Halse Anderson
About the Author
Author's Opinion on the Banning/Challenging of Her Book
Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda attended a party the summer before her freshman year.
Disagrees with it
Speak is an amazing story of a rape-victim's journey, from scared and practically mute, to confident and expressive.
Why people want to Ban it.
Banned Books Week
A week in which we celebrate our freedom to read
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is one of the hundreds of books that have been challenged or banned in the United States of America.
Born on October 23, 1961
Has written many popular books, such as Chains and Fever
Her audience is mainly made up of teens and young adults.
Syracuse, New York
A shy freshman, and the narrator of Speak
An art teacher who works with Melinda to help her find closure.
A cruel but popular senior
At the party, Melinda suffers a traumatic event that changes her life and development.
Melinda entered high-school friendless and traumatized, hardly speaking at all with her classmates and teachers.
Melinda spends a lot of the book unable to express what had happened to her.
Many of Melinda's peers ostracize her during the year, compounding her trauma and causing additional psychological responses.
Upon meeting a girl new to the school, Heather, Melinda thought she had found a new friend.
Heather soon deserted Melinda, leaving her for more cheerful friends.
Melinda began working with her art teacher,who helped her ultimately find confidence and happiness through the exploration of a SYMBOLIC project. Figurative Language is KEY in this novel, and the comparison of important literature in the form of allusions IS important.
Essential Question: What is the psychological effect of keeping emotions bottled up inside?
How does the "human connection" affect our development?
Where Has Speak Been Banned/Challenged?
Scroggins challenged the book in Missouri
Why Was Speak Challenged/Banned?
Scroggins first challenged Speak because he believed the book to be soft pornography.
Inappropriate for children
Inappropriate for educational uses
Laurie Halse Anderson thinks Speak prepares children for the real world.
Her book shows victims that they have to share their experiences.
It sends the message to victims that they shouldn't hold their embarrassment in
"I am shocked whenever anyone challenges Speak."
-Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak lets kids know that young people experience violence, social creulty, and abuse/neglect-- and that there is hope and help.
Speak should not be banned
Let the lesson Speak conveys be heard by everyone
Do you love to read?
You've probably read a
She currently lives in Potsdam, New York
How is language, symbolism, and the defining our "SELF" an important rite of passage in coming of age?