speak by lanyuehua

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									EXPLORING THE NOVEL
       speak
   by Laurie Halse Anderson
So who gave
us this story?
    Laurie Halse (rhymes with “waltz”) Anderson

                          SOME FACTS ABOUT HER:


•Favorite book: dictionary (she is a terrible
speller)                              •attended Onondaga Community
   •Jobs before writing: cleaning        College in Syracuse, New York,
   banks, milking cows, working          then transferred to Georgetown
   as a stockbroker, and working         University where she earned a
   as a reporter for the                 bachelors degree in languages
   Philadelphia Inquirer                 and linguistics
                        •First book: Fever 1793 (1993), a
                        historical novel
 •Other books:                                Inspiration for Speak: a nightmare
 several picture                              Anderson had one night; awoke to
 books, and Speak                             the sound of a girl crying, then
 (which was a          •Lives: just outside
                                              realized it was her dream rather
 National Book         of Philadelphia, PA    than one of her children; she then
 Award Finalist, an    with her husband       got up and went to the computer
 ALA Michael L.        and two daughters      to write, and Melinda’s (main
 Printz Honor book,                           character) story began to flow; at
 and an ALA “Best                             that time, she had been reading
 Book for Young                               Reviving Ophelia (a psychological
s p e a k…
 “…(is) the tough, tender,
and darkly funny story of a
   teenage outcast.”
But wait,
before we
 read…
 Look at the front
 cover.

• What do you notice
 about the girl in the
 picture?

• What else do you see
 on the front cover?
 Open up the novel.

• How is this book like other
  books?

• Is there a table of contents?

• How is the book organized?

• Consider why Anderson may
  have done this…
T
    It is always important
H
    to figure out who is
E
    telling the story you
    are reading.
S
T   “”It is my first morning of
O   high school. I have seven
R   new notebooks, a skirt I
Y   hate, and a stomachache.”
T            (p. 3, first line of Speak)
E
L       From what point of
L
E        view will this story
R             be told?
Consider
 this…
         outcast
n : a person who is rejected (from society or
  home) [syn: castaway, pariah]
And remember that


s p e a k…
 “…(is) the tough, tender, and
darkly funny story of a teenage
          outcast.”
Who of us
hasn’t felt
rejected’,
       like an   outcast,
                  at some point
                    in his/her
                       life?
Now it’s your
  turn…
1. Find a song, poem, movie or
   picture (photo, painting, ad, etc.)
   that in some way illustrates or
   represents the feeling of being
   ‘rejected’, left out, or an outcast.

2. Share your piece with the class,
   and prove how it illustrates the
   feelings of ‘rejection’.
IN YOUR PRESENTATION YOU
     MUST BE ABLE TO:
1. Describe the form of media you have
   chosen to represent ‘rejection’ (poem, lyric,
   painting, movie, video, etc.)
2. Share specific information and details about
   the form (author, artist, title, year,
   interesting facts…).
3. Give sufficient proof or examples that the
   form illustrates the feelings of ‘rejection’ or
   of being an outcast.
FOR EXAMPLE…
1. Describe the form
   of media you have
   chosen to
   represent
   ‘rejection’ (poem,
   lyric, painting,
   movie, video, etc.)



     “I have chosen a
     painting by an
     American artist to
     illustrate the idea of
     feeling like an outcast.”
2. Share specific information and details about
     the form (author, artist, title, year,
     interesting facts…).

                           “This painting is called
                           Christina’s World, and
                           was done by Andrew
                           Wyeth. It was painted in
                           1948, and portrays a
                           neighbour named
                           Christina Olsen, who was
                           paralysed since birth. It
                           shows her looking on
                           towards her farmhouse in
                           Maine.”
                        a) “I chose this particular painting because
                        think that it really shows the feeling of
                        loneliness and of feeling like an outcast.
                               b) For example, the girl is
                               the only person in the
                               painting, she is all alone.

                       c) The artist has left a great deal of open
3.   Give              space between the girl and the farmhouse,
     sufficient        and this gives the viewer the impression
                       that she is far away from others.
     proof or
     examples                  d) Lastly, because she is paralysed,
                               we know that she is probably
     that the form             considered different and is
     illustrates the           therefore on the outside.
     feelings of       e) When I look at this painting, I
     ‘rejection’ or    sense a feeling of loneliness and
                       sadness at being left behind. It
     of being an       appears that the girl wants to be
     outcast.          included, judging by her longing gaze
                       at the house.”
As you are searching for your
example to share with the class…




                       CONSIDER…
  All the different ways that
LONLINESS, and REJECTION
can be communicated to others.

								
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