Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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94 with a 53 -slide interactive Jeopardy-type game
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Melody was born with a love for words and music.

She remembered every word she ever heard.

Every story.

Every poem.

To her, music was colorful, and each had its own distinctive taste.

Her head was soon filled with melodies, tempos, and rhythms.

She longed to use the words, to dance to the music.

But Melody was born with neither the ability to speak her beloved words nor with the coordination to dance to the music she loved.

Melody was born with cerebral palsy.

Inside her mind, she was a genius with a photographic memory.

Inside her mind, she was a girl who longed to have friends.

Out of her mind, her arms, legs, and head were uncontrollable.

The only sounds she could make were grunts, squeaks, and noises. She could not feed herself. She had to be taken to the bathroom.

Melody COULD smile and her eyes were bright windows where her parents could see in and know she was intelligent. If only she could talk.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper documents Melody's bittersweet story of her struggles to be normal, to be understood, and to share what is inside her mind. Melody tells of being diagnosed as profoundly retarded when she was 5-years old. She shares the anguish and determination of a family, one dear neighbor, and rare teachers who love her, who believe in her, and persevere to help her connect with the world with a Medi-Talker and through inclusion classes. Still, the friendships she so dearly seeks are tenuous and stormy. What will happen when she finally steps out of her mind and earns a place on the school's Whiz Kids team?

Out of My Mind is a story everyone should read, from 3rd grade through adult. It will awaken the "normal" person's understanding of handicapped persons and will encourage interaction and warmth when the two meet.

The Jeopardy-type game that is included can be played with whole-class participation when students on each team hold a response board up to answer a question. The teacher then counts correct responses and records them as points in the Scoreboard on the board.


Pre-Reading Discussion Cards

Anticipation Guide

2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction

Map Study: Where in the World is Ohio?

Making Connections: Before Reading Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions

Character Studies

Teacher Report Card

Crossword Puzzle: Who is Melody?

Research: What is Cerebral Palsy

Logic Puzzle: Melody's H-5 Classmates

Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Dra wing

Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities

Simulation: Melody for a Day

Writing a Biography

Logic Puzzle: Mrs. V's Super Powers

Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write

Bittersweet Victories

How Could It Get Any Worse? Discussion Questions

Wrapping it Up, Discussion Questions

Comparing Rose and Claire

Character Check

Poetry That Grows Out of Experience, Diamante, Couplet, Quatrain

Analyze the Quote

Writing Prompts

Training Our Brains to Remember

Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in Quiz Kids' Style for the Whole Class! (in PowerPoint)

You will receive the Literature Guide in PowerPoint and PDF formats.

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Total Pages
94 with a 53 -slide interactive Jeopardy-type game
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 months
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