Melody was born with
a love for words and music.
She remembered every word she ever heard.
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
Melody was born with
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.
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?
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
The Kids' Wings literature
guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill
building, authentic writing prompts, and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type
game in Whiz-Kid style that allows the entire class to participate at
the same time. Teachers who want students to empathize and welcome interaction
with those less "normal" than they will want make this book
part of their classroom libraries.
of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Author's Discussion of the Book
Palsy Remix on YouTube
about Illness and Handicaps
41-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson
planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Out
of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper is now available!
The Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Map Study: Where in the World is Ohio?
Making Connections: Before Reading Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
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
How Could It Get Any Worse? Discussion Questions
Wrapping it Up, Discussion Questions
Comparing Rose and Claire
Poetry That Grows Out of Experience, Diamante, Couplet, Quatrain
Analyze the Quote
Training Our Brains to Remember
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in Quiz Kids' Style
for the Whole Class!
of My Mind is one of the 26 literature guides for award-winning
literature in our Extraordinary Destinations
Collection. Though you can order each unit individually for about
$18.95, if you order Extraordinary Destinations
you will get the 26 units for less than $1.00 each! Order now! Quantities
thanks Laura's Midi Heaven
for providing our background music, "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini"
Sergei Vassilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)
Award-Winning Books for 2011-2012
of My Mind
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