Study questions, project ideas and discussion topics based on important themes running throughout speak by laurie halse anderson. In the book speak, main character melinda sordino has been the victim of a rape. The graphic novel comes alive for new audiences and. That reading project can be a real drag on your timebut dont despair. In this project students analyze a character from the novel speak and choose music that. Speak lesson plans and activities to help you teach laurie halse andersons work. They need to use 19th century literature as the vehicle to explore the ideas, so that the literature is secondary to the enduring understanding. Jul 07, 2018 when researching lesson ideas it is important to find material that is sensitive to the subject matter but still engages students and inspires analytical thought and debate. It is based on a true story and is based on what people like me teens go through. Unit objectives by the end of this unit, students will be able to.
So far, the included titles are those that a common reader would call a novel. You may choose to work with up to two other people on this project that makes the maximum group membership 3. Speak questions and answers discover the community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on speak. Your assignment is to create your own tree in which will symbolize you. Speak, published in 1999, is a young adult novel by laurie halse anderson that tells the story of high school freshman melinda sordino. There are 9 choices for the project, each touching on various. The novel deals with the sensitive subject matter of rape and depression. Speak by laurie halse anderson final project high school. How are both females and males victimized by sexual. Find this pin and more on education by celia lightfoot. Speak tells the story of melinda sordino, a high school student who stops speaking after she is raped by a classmate at a party. At the end of the school year, melinda completes her art project and tells her art.
This is a gritty, powerful book that teachers and parents could use to launch a number of discussions. I feel that the story emphasizes on both the plot and the character because its about what the character goes through and her struggling with this plot. Plot sort provide a set of cards with one event from the plot on each card. Laurie halse andersons young adult novels offer a respectful and honest view of the. Students should sort the cards into the correct sequence. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night. She is friendlessan outcastbecause she busted an endofsummer party by calling the cop. Jul 21, 2017 laurie halse andersons youngadult novel speak is rich with symbolism. In the novel speak interpreting the story as a reader, you realize the main focus is finding courage or in this case coming out of the closet. Ultimately, in order to heal, melinda must reach out to an older, wiser adult.
Take about 10 minutes to draw a rough sketch of the picture. Youll find a variety of ideas ranging from essaybased projects to artistic projects to technology. This is the part of laurie halse andersons website labeled teachers section and features several different links to help you develop curriculum on this book. Throughout the novel, she is attempting to deal with the social and emotional outcome of the rape and, of course, is. She transforms from a fragile person to a strong hero like person. There are ideas for each of the four marking periods so you can spread ou. In this activity students compare melindas character throughout most of the novel to her newly transformed self. Given the above prerequisites, the students need to produce a multimedia project, documenting their process and progress.
Soundtrack project for the novel speak by laurie halse anderson. There are ways to finish your project that will show your enthusiasm and make your teacher sit up and take notice. Define the various types of sexual harassment, such as name calling, grabbing, gesturing, writing obscenities, or displaying pornography. Speak s main purpose is to help young people learn to talk about their problems. Book summary melinda sordino begins her freshman year at merryweather high school in syracuse, new york, with a heavy secret weighing on her. The transformation that occurs with melinda in this story is important because change or transformation is something. The call of the wild cumulative project middle school wolf pack.
Despite melindas unusually traumatic experiences, almost every reader can connect to the world she lives in. Over the summer, she and her friends went to a party and melinda ended up calling the police, causing her friends and everyone at the party to socially reject her. I carefully chose the following teaching material because it consists of dynamic and diverse activities, as well as conversational topics, that encourage judgmentfree. Ideas for reports and papers topics for discussion. If playback doesnt begin shortly, try restarting your device. Developing a sense of audience and purpose in writing, in all communication, is an important part of growth as a writer. This document is to be used as culminating project for the novel speak by laurie halse anderson. Oct 22, 1999 in laurie halse andersons powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. Speak by laurie halse anderson final project high school lesson.
The following questions may be used to guide group discussions or as written essay prompts. Bundle of worksheets for the novel speak by laurie halse anderson. Trees were symbolic of melinda throughout the novel speak. It has a guide, resources, some ready made activities, and may even answer some of your questions about teaching speak. This document is to be used as culminating project for the novel speak by.
Accurate descriptions of the minutiae of high school will appeal to any teen who has felt like an outsider, and when melinda is finally able to speak, readers will rejoice in her triumphs. In the book, strategic writing, deborah dean explains that writing for differing purposes and audiences may require using different genres, different information, and different strategies. From the first moment of her freshman year at merryweather high, melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. Storyboard for graphic novel, 3d miniature box for museum, game board for novel game, etc. In the novel melinda takes whats commonly know as baby steps to gradually build courage inside of herself.
But still, there need to be some activities to ensure that students do the close reading necessary to get the most out of the book. It was indicated that both melindas emotional and physical state at various times in her recovery from the rape. Also, label your picture using descriptive words and phrases colors, textures, etc. Wikiproject novels novel categorization project page. Great supplemental information for school essays and projects. Consider how you will connect the novel to the tones listed below.
Complete comprehensive study guide and summary of speak by laurie halse anderson. Watch the film version of speak and debate the eternal question which is better, the movie or the book. There are 9 choices for the project, each touching on various modes of learning. Then select a piece of music that you think captures the feel or tone of each section. Speak by laurie halse anderson goodreads share book.
Character match provide two groups of cards, one group with character names, and one group with character traits. Speak by laurie halse anderson final project by hendersweet tpt. Speak by laurie halse anderson final project lesson plans. Make your reading project sizzle with these hot ideas. The characters in the novel dont reach out to melinda because they are not educated about sexual assault. Teachers who use only one of the novels will find discussion questions, research projects, and essay.
Speak by laurie anderson complete, creative unit, activities, prompts, testthis complete unit plan is designed to help you teach this amazing novel from beginning to end with challenging, creative, ccss, and realworld activities. These ideas are for after the class has finished reading the story. Bundle of 10 worksheets, copy ready, to be used with the novel, speak, by laurie halse anderson, with additional pages of twelve ideas you could also use while teaching the novel and a three page information packet on ptsd. With powerful illustrations by emily carroll, laurie halse andersons speak.
Getting started with literature and projectbased learning. Pick an object for an art project similar to that which mr. For the picasso assignment, print a copy of the art response sheet below. If you have trouble, consult your adding descriptive details handout in your writing binder also posted on this website. Melinda lists the cliques that the ninth grade class has broken into.
Freeman is significant because it falls in line with the traditional young adult novel form. You need to commit to one of the options and have your group organized by monday, november 19th. May 5, 2016 this document is to be used as culminating project for the novel speak by laurie halse anderson. Discuss the importance of the intertextual references in speak. Apr 30, 2015 organise and develop ideas for the purpose and audience. Anderson uses symbolism to illustrate melindas struggle and her eventual emotional growth as she begins to move. Transformation throughout this novel, melinda drastically changes from beginning to end. Adolescence as a coming of age novel, speak has a strong focus on adolescence and the problems and desires associated with it. Speak up for yourselfwe want to know what you have to say. Novel study activities kids will love education to the core. Speak is a relatable story of rape and the results of defending yourself in high school. Since there are many types of novel, boundaries must be set so that other wikiprojects can guide articles that this one does not include. Discussionwriting guide for speak, by laurie anderson.
Record the pieces and if possible do voiceovers explaining what is happening in the novel during the piece of music and why you felt this piece of music fit the section of the novel. This is especially true when tackling complex issues like rape, sexual harassment, depression, and bullying that are focal themes of the novel speak. Speak was a 1999 national book award finalist for young peoples literature. Free study guide for speak by laurie halse anderson. Suggested essay topics and project ideas for speak. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Speak by laurie halse anderson lesson plans and teaching resources free.
She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends merryweather and is still a threat to her. However the hardest step for her is finding the courage. When researching lesson ideas it is important to find material that is sensitive to the subject matter but still engages students and inspires analytical thought and debate. This lesson provides a variety of prereading activities that will help students with the challenging. When doing a novel study, you want the novel itself to be the main focus, not the worksheets and tests. Chosen format lacks effectiveness chosen format is. Present it creatively as a painting, sculpture, poem, or some other artistic form. Melindas transformation poster project for speak novel by.304 888 380 504 680 1478 1593 604 229 1632 863 124 620 840 585 1246 1222 215 874 410 1378 644 577 1202 1521 433 66 776 733 1266 771 730 1341 657 189 998