Blog Post #2
First Marking Period
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This first chunk of Speak begins with the story of Melinda Sordino (really interesting fact...Sordino means mute), and chronicles her first day, then her first few weeks, as a freshman at Merryweather High. From the beginning, ugh, that first page, detailing the school bus experience, you are instantly transported to high school. I can still remember that distinct school bus smell. Puts me right back, even though I never took the bus to high school, there were still buses to sporting events and field trips. Right away you can tell that high school is not going to be a good experience for Melinda. In that first page, she is already ostracized and treated as an outcast by her fellow students, and it just gets worse. The scene in the cafeteria? So painful!
I do love the description of the various cliques Melinda observes while she has to enter the auditorium for an assembly. I had a colleague who read this opening to her freshman English class every year. Did you think about which clique that you fit into as you read this? Maybe you fit into several categories, maybe none, or maybe none that were mentioned.
The first 10 lies they tell you in high school. Discuss! Comment and let me know, do you agree? Disagree?
Art, finally art class. Where Melinda can breathe. Mr. Freeman may be ugly and weird, but he provides Melinda with the space and tools she will need to survive this school year. I can’t wait to see how the Tree assignment plays out.
Home. Work. I kind of hate this section. Melinda’s home situation is just so bleak and depressing. I want her parents to pay more attention, to notice.
Throat hurting, biting her lips until the bleed. It makes me so sad that Melinda is so tortured by what she cannot say that her pain manifests as a physical thing.
Ostracized- To exclude from a group by common consent.
Clique- A narrow exclusive circle or group of persons
*All definitions taken from Merriam-Webster