This is a lesson plan and thorough explanation for an ongoing creative writing project I have used with my students while reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. When I use this project, I have my students work on it every Friday. It mirrors the "tree project" Melinda does in the novel Speak. It is a fantastic way to build your students' writing endurance, increase their focus and get them thinking analytically. The students love this project and have truly enjoyed working on it "alongside" Melinda as she creates her tree artwork. I provide the rationale, explanation, lesson plan and the list of topics to be used with your students. It is pretty much all ready to be implemented for you, and it can be used for one lesson independently or could be extended and used on a weekly basis throughout your whole Speak Unit. I hope you and your students enjoy this as much as I have found success with it! Thank you.