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"Speak" and Poetry

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Meg Thrash

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of "Speak" and Poetry

Let's Get Started Composing!
What to Do: create your own poems based on the novel "Speak"
"Speak" and Poetry
Review on "Speak"
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-the-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head, but even that's not safe. There is something she's trying not to think about, from the night of the party--when IT raped her.
Character List
Melinda Sordino: Protagonist of the story
Rachel/Rachelle Bruin: Melinda's ex-best friend
Andy "IT" Evans: rapist
David Petrakis: Melinda's lab partner who has potential to be her love interest
Ivy: ex-friend who Melinda reunites with in Art
Mr. Freeman: Melinda's Art teacher who lends a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on
Heather: new girl from Ohio who is Melinda's friend at first, then ditches her
Poetry Activity with "Speak"
Types of Poetry We Will be Using:
Acrostic Poem
5W Poem
About these Poems
Acrostic Poem
: a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase. The word or phrase can be a name, a thing, or whatever you like. Usually the first letter of each line is capitalized. This makes it easier to see the word spelled out vertically down the page. They are easy to rite because they don’t need to rhyme, and you don’t need to worry about the rhythm of the lines. Each line can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
: can be used to teach students to focus on the characteristics of a person or an animal, anything or anyone really. It requires the student to put themselves in the subject’s shoes.
Line 1: one word for the title, Line 2: two words that describe the title, Line 3: three words that show action, Line 4: four words that show feeling, Line 5: one word that is similar to the title in line one
5W Poem:
Line 1: who, Line 2: what, Line 3: where, Line 4: when, Line 5: why
Getting to Know the Author :
Laurie Halse Anderson
She is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, "Speak" and "Chains," were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was awarded with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."
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