Out of My Mind Book Assignment

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Out of My Mind Book Assignment

Out of My MindBy:Sharon M. Draper

Theme/Mood

The author's message in this story is that everyone and anyone can do amazing things. The main even that helped me figure this out is when Melody took the tests to get onto the quiz team. Everyone doubted her and accused her of cheating, but she stuck with it. If I were to reecomend this to a friend, I would summerize the story in only a few words. "It is a story about a young girl that defeats the odds." The funniest part of the story was when Melody used her Medi-Talker to say a comeback to Molly and Claire. The saddest part of the story was when Melody got left behind whent he team went to nationals. I got to the point where I thought her classmates and teacher were starting to accept her but leaving her there proved me wrong. The most shocking part of the story is when Melody's little sister Penny gets hit by the car as Melody and her mom are leaving for school. Most of the time Melody's Mom had enough patience to listen to Melody's "tornado explosions, but she didn't this time.

Characters

Mrs. Valencia is a very important character in the story, because she is Melody's encourager. She pushes new information into Melody, because she knows she is very bright.

Words. This is a very simple favorite word, but I think it stands for so much. It is something that Melody so desperately wants and something most people take advantage of. “We all have disabilities. What’s yours?” This line is my favorite for two reasons. One reason would be that Melody uses it to diss Claire when she gets her Medi-Talker. The second reason would be because it discribes our world so much. It really makes you think. "I’m surrounded by thousands of words. Maybe millions.Cathedral. Mayonnaise. Pomegranate. Mississippi. Neapolitan. Hippopotamus. Silky. Terrifying. Iridescent.Tickle. Sneeze. Wish. Worry.Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes—each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.Deep within me, words pile up in huge drifts. Mountains of phrases and sentences and connected ideas. Clever expressions. Jokes. Love songs........By the time I was two, all my memories had words, and all my words had meanings.But only in my head.I have never spoken one single word. I am almost eleven years old."I know this is more than a paragraph, but it's the first thing you read when you open the book. I was immediately drawn in. You think that you are going to be reading about a normal brainiac until she gets to the last 13 words.

The setting in which the story takes place affected the story in many way. It was set in simple places, such as the house and the school in southern Ohio. If the story were set in a different place, say a buzzing city, people may have been more accustomed to people like Melody. If it were in a different time, say today, technology would've advanced faster, and people wouldn't be so critical or doubtful of Melody.

Setting

Author's CraftFavorites

If I could pick any character, I would pick to be Melody. She goes through so much in the story. To be able to experience that first hand would be an eye-opening experience.

If I had the chance to meet any character, I would meet Melody's mom. I would thank her for staying so strong and positive for her daughter. She may break every now and again, but she will do anything to help Melody grow. I would tell her that I admire her courage.

One character that seems to change in the story is Melody's history teacher, Mr. He starts out not beleiveing that Melody could be so smart, like many others. By the end of the story, he sees her as an asset to their quiz team.

Plot

The main events for Melody in "Out of My Mind" are going to school, meeting Rose and having a "friend," getting her Medi-Talker, acing the tests and getting on the quiz team, and getting left behind from nationals. The solution to the story problem seemed to be the Medi-Talker. This technology allowed her to voice her opinions and finally gave her strength and confidence. I was able to predict the ending. I didn't know exactly what would hapen, but I knew something bad would happen. Everything was going so well! I thought there had to be one more wrinkle thrown in!For me, the best part or parts of the story was the beginning and the end. The words that are written on those few pages are so amazing. They really speak to you. When Draper took those words from the beginning and placed them at the end as Melody's paper, I felt a good sense of closure and amazement. It really showed how much Melody matured.


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