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Speak. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Anticipation Guide. It is never socially acceptable to call the police while at a party. 2. Silence is the best way to deal with problems. 3. Art class is useless unless you are going to be an artist.

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speak

Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

anticipation guide
Anticipation Guide
  • It is never socially acceptable to call the police while at a party.

2. Silence is the best way to deal with problems.

3. Art class is useless unless you are going to be an artist.

4. People are different on the inside than they appear on the outside.

5. Keeping silent can be more powerful than speaking.

about the novel speak
About the Novel: Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Protagonist and Narrator: Melinda Sordino

Point of View: first person

Genre: Coming-of-Age (Bildungsroman)

  • A bildungsroman is a story where a protagonist grows psychologically, morally, and physically

Setting Place: Syracuse, New York, Merryweather High School of Melinda Sordino, present day

Setting Time: Melinda’s freshmen year

speak themes
Speak Themes
  • Language and Communication
  • Isolation
  • Violence
  • Friendship and Betrayal
  • Depression
  • Transformation and Coming-of-Age
  • Guilt and Blame
speak motifs
Speak Motifs
  • A motif is a recurring idea, symbol, or image which often reveals theme.
  • Predator and Prey
  • Communication, Mouths/Lips, Speaking
  • Trees and art work
  • Mirrors
inconspicuous
inconspicuous
  • adjective
  • Not noticeable or prominent
  • The secret agent had to be very INCONSPICUOUS as he did his research.
reconstitute
reconstitute
  • verb
  • To reconstruct or recompose; to return to the liquid state by adding water
  • The RECONSTITUTED mashed potatoes that the cafeteria serves are disgusting!
desperation
desperation
  • noun
  • The state of being hopeless or depressed
  • It was an act of DESPARATION.
ponder
ponder
  • verb
  • To think about seriously; to deliberate or meditate
  • She PONDERED seriously over her choice of college.
discreet
discreet
  • adjective
  • To be careful, considerate, or respectful of others’ privacy
  • The teacher was very DISCREET when she handed back the papers to the student.
solemnly
solemnly
  • adverb
  • seriously
  • She SOLEMNLY swore that she would finish the test.
vaguely
vaguely
  • adverb
  • Unclearly
  • He VAGUELY remembered the day of her birth.
flounder
flounder
  • verb
  • To make a mistake or to struggle
  • The judges in the Salem witch trials did not want anyone to know that they were FLOUNDERING.
simultaneously
simultaneously
  • adverb
  • To do at the same time; as one
  • They SIMULTANEOUSLY raised their hands.
mayhem
mayhem
  • noun
  • Chaos and confusion
  • During the hurricane, it was MAYHEM.
conundrum
conundrum
  • noun
  • A riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words (What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper)
  • A puzzling question or problem

When both of her friends’ birthday parties were on the same day, she was in a CONUNDRUM.

misdemeanor
misdemeanor
  • noun
  • A criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony
  • An instance of misbehavior

Not paying her parking tickets was considered a MISDEMEANOR.

germinate
germinate
  • verb
  • To begin to grow or develop
  • In Botany, to develop into a plant; to sprout
  • The seeds in the garden were finally GERMINATING.
asphyxiate
asphyxiate
  • verb
  • To cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or choking
  • Many Holocaust prisoners were ASPHYXIATED in gas chambers.
wistful
wistful
  • adjective
  • Characterized by melancholy, longing
  • Sadly reflective
  • After his grandmother died, he was very WISTFUL as he pondered about their pastime.
reluctance
reluctance
  • noun
  • lack of eagerness or willingness; the act of rebelling or struggling against
  • She had RELUCTANCE about going to the party.
tenacious
tenacious
  • adjective
  • persistent; stubborn; tough
  • Her TENACIOUS personality allowed her to get what she wanted in life.
suffragette
suffragette
  • noun
  • A female supporter of the cause of women’s voting rights
  • The SUFFRAGETTES advocated for women’s rights to vote.
delinquent
delinquent
  • noun
  • One who commits wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior
  • She was always getting in trouble and was known as a DELINQUENT in her school.
arborist
arborist
  • noun
  • A specialist in the care of trees and shrubs
  • Since the trees in our yard were dying, we hired an ARBORIST.
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