Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 6)
Out of My Mind is a young adult novel by Sharon Draper. In Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to the narrator and protagonist of the story, Melody Brooks. Melody is almost eleven years old and relates a world of isolation and an obsession with words. Objectives for this lesson include researching author Sharon Draper, analyzing the narrative style introduced in Chapter 1, and discussing the motifs of words and language in Out of My Mind.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Sharon Draper and the publication of Out of My Mind. When was the book published? How was it received critically? How many novels has Sharon Draper written and what are common themes in the author’s works?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Chapter 1 and discuss the narrative style of the novel. From whose perspective is the story...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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