Reading Level: I would recommend this book to upper middle school students and high school students based on some tough topics.
Teachers... Here are some resources to help you teach this book...
- Study Guide: Discussion questions, symbolism, writing prompts and more.
- Unit: This day by day unit for Speak gives step by step lesson plans (objectives, procedure, assignments, etc.)
- Wikispace: This wikispace page contains links to both above mentioned web resources and many others to help teach Speak.
Vocabulary: Here are some words I picked out while reading, some of the sources above had their own lists as well... abstinence, demerit, dyad, errant, pseudo, xenophobic, demure, abysmal, quota, conundrum, symbolism, vespiary, wistful
Before Reading: Journal: Melinda ended the summer on a bad note with her friends and future high school classmates. These "friends" and classmates harass Melinda because of the decision she made. What are some examples of harassment you see within your class and school? What do the people witnessing the harassment do?
During Reading: Journal: Why you think Melinda is choosing to not speak at all? What do you think you would do if you were in the same kind of situation as Melinda? What would you do if a friend came to you and said something like what happened to Melinda happened to them?
After Reading: Journal: What are some differences that you predict for Melinda's second year of high school compared to her first year? Do you think her grades will go up? Will she have friends? Who will her friends be? What about her relationship with her parents?
Anderson, L. H. (1999). Speak. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.
Happy Reading (& Running) =)