Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the c
ops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe.  Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

Notes and assignments are available for download at the bottom of the page.

Literary Elements

SymbolismWhen an object or symbol stands for more than its actual meaning this is called symbolism. For instance a heart stands for love and a four-leaf clover stands for good luck.
Throughout her novel, Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson incorporates symbolism to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of Melinda's ability to deal with her emotions. While a tree is one of the most prominent symbols, did you know that Sordino, Melinda's last name, is also symbolic? Can you identify other symbols that are used throughout the novel?
AllusionsWhen authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. These references are called allusions.
In her novel, Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson makes several allusions to authors, artists, prominent individuals/groups, and pop culture. Can you make the connections between each of these allusions and the protagonist, Melinda Sordino?
1st Marking Period Allusion Study:-Dracula by Bram Stoker
2nd Marking Period Allusion Study:-Pablo Picasso
-"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou 
3rd Marking Period Allusion Study:-The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
4th Marking Period Allusion Study:-Gregor Mendel: Seeds & Genetics
-The Suffragettes



Speak: The Truth About Trees

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