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Objectives:
... draw inferences such as conclusions and generalizations and support them with text evidence ... use the text's structure or progression of ideas such as cause and effect or chronology to locate and recall information
... describe characters in a story and the reasons for their actions


After:


  • What was profound about how the story ended?
  • What did Melody want most?
  • Was she accepted by her peers?
  • What did Melody decide to do to find her voice?

  • Explain the title of the novel.






Invitation from Mr Solarz class to join their chat:

Use your best and most polite language. Edit your replies.  CHAT





Writing Journal

Day One:

Melody is different.

Explain two examples of how people treated Melody negatively.

Explain two examples of how people treated Melody positively.

What would you say to the people treating Meloday negatively? How would you say this kindly?



Day 2: 

Melody is different.

You have:

Explained two examples of how people treated Melody negatively.

Explained two examples of how people treated Melody positively.

Explained: 

What would you say to the people treating Melody negatively? How would you say this kindly?


Now

Why do people tease people who are different?

How does this make the other person feel?

What do you think the author would add to our expectation to “Be Kind?”



Day 3:


Melody is different.

You have answered:

Explain two examples of how people treated Melody negatively.

Explain two examples of how people treated Melody positively.

What would you say to the people treating Melody negatively? How would you say this kindly?


You have answered

Why do people tease people who are different?

How does this make the other person feel?

What do you think the author would add to our expectation to “Be Kind?”


Now:

All people are different and have a different disability. What message does the author want us to know about people who are different?  

Think about people who are disabled physically, mentally, or emotionally? People who are different because of the color of their skin, the braces they wear, the glasses they wear, the way they walk or talk, their height or weight, the clothes they wear... any difference from you.


How will you treat others? How can you show them kindness? List at least five different ways.


How would you want to be corrected if you were being mean but didn't know it?


Day 4:


Create a bitstrip comic with characters, some who have differences, something different than Melody, and yourself.


Show how the author would expect these characters and you to interact in words and actions as a community that cares for one another.

One character will be negative; another character will kindly correct them. How would you want to be corrected if you were being mean but didn't know it?


What would the characters say to each other?

What would they do?

What would you say and do?


Day 5:

Remember Rachel’s Challenge:


Look for THE BEST in others.

Treat others THE WAY you want to be treated.

Choose POSITIVE influences.

SPEAK words of kindness.

FORGIVE yourself and others.



How are Out of My Mind and Rachel’s Challenge similar?

What do you think is a “hidden rule” of our world?

How can you change what you do and say to make the world a better place?





Chapter 28
1.    How did Melody and her parents prepare for their trip?

2.    What did Melody remember to do for Catherine and Mrs. V?

3.    How much ahead of time did Melody’s family plan to be at the airport?

4.    When would they land in Washington, D. C.?

5.    How much time would they have before the competition?

6.    What did they learn when they reached the ticket counter?

7.    What happened to the rest of the Spaulding kids? Why?

8.    How do Melody, her dad, and her mom express their frustration?

9.    What did the team do before they went to the airport? Why do you think they didn’t tell Melody to come, too?

10.    Why do you think Mr. D didn’t call them? What was he thinking?

11.    What did Melody mean when she said, “The day started out like crystal and turned out to be broken glass”?








Chapter 29

12.    Do you think they left her on purpose? Why would they do that?

13.    What do you think Mr. D said to Melody’s mom on the phone? Do you think he told her the real reason they left Melody? What do you think the real reason was?
















Chapter 30

14.    Describe the weather and all the family problems the next morning.

15.    What did Melody insist on doing? Why? What would you have wanted to do?


Why do you think it was so important for Melody to go to school the next day after the DC cancellation?

16.    Describe how the horrible morning exploded into the worst moment of Melody’s life.

















Chapter 31

1.    Who did Melody blame for the accident? Why?

2.    If you had been Melody, what could you have done to prevent it?

3.    For what things did Mrs. V praise Melody?


4.    What was the extent of Penny’s injuries? On page 281, Mrs. V said that Penny was “resilient.” How would being “resilient” help Penny?

5.    Why did Melody wish it to be “yesterday”? How was “yesterday” better than “today”?


















Chapter 32

6.    How was Melody’s father handling the problems? Who was helping?

7.    What made it easier to face the Quiz Kid team at school?

8.    What is it that allowed Melody to see the H-5 kids with different eyes? What was the main thing she saw that she didn’t see before?

9.    Why was Melody confused about where she belongs now?

10.    Why did Melody decide to go to her inclusion classes? Would you have made the same choice? Why or why not?

11.    What was the first thing Melody said to Mr. Dimming’s class? Who responded first? What did she say?

12.    What did Claire say to clarify why Melody wasn’t included for breakfast?

13.    What happened to the team at the airport? When did someone think of Melody? Why didn’t someone call Melody?

14.    What did Melody learn about friendship in the story?

15.    If they had decided not to go without Molly, what sacrifice would they have had to make? Do you think kids are able to make that big of a decision? Would you?

16.    If you had been one of the team, would you have enjoyed the trip? Explain.

17.    How did Melody respond when the team gave her the little trophy? What did Molly say and do? How did you feel about it?

18.    What things in the story caused Melody the most frustration? Why?















1.  Discuss the scene in which Melody confronts the kids on the quiz team.

2.  How would this story have been different if it had been written from a third-person point of view?

3.  Explain the title of the novel.



Chapter 33

19.
What was profound about how the story ended?


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