Antigone

Antigone

SPEAK LAURIE HALSE-ANDERSON GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! SECOND MARKING PERIOD GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! READING COMPREHENSION

What is the problem now with the new schools mascot? It is a tiger now. The Ecology Club protests it because the name shows shocking disrespect for an endangered creature. The school is going to vote on a new mascot. What are their options? The Beesuseful to agriculture, painful to cross Icebergsin honor of our festive winter weather Hilltoppersguaranteed to frighten opponents Wombatsno on knows if theyre endangered

GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! READING COMPREHENSION How does the changing mascot connect reflect the theme of identity? The school cannot settle on an identity much in the same way that Melinda doesnt have her own identity. They find something wrong with each mascot and struggle to make a meaningful connection to their mascot.

Which mascot would you vote for? Why? The Beesuseful to agriculture, painful to cross Icebergsin honor of our festive winter weather Hilltoppersguaranteed to frighten opponents Wombatsno on knows if theyre endangered GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! QUOTES I know Im shocked. (49). Is Melinda actually surprised here? What literary

device is she using in this situation? She is not actually shocked or surprised. She is using sarcasm, Ms. Ls favorite literary device. GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! QUOTES Who are we? We cant be the Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women. The kid who suggests the Shoemakers in honor of the old moccasin factory is laughed out of the

auditorium. Warriors insults Native Americans. I think Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs would be perfect, but I dont suggest it. (5). What seems to be Melindas/the authors perspective on the schools struggle to choose a mascot? The author is commenting on the idea of people being oversensitive to labels/names. GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! QUOTES

Who are we? We cant be the Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women. The kid who suggests the Shoemakers in honor of the old moccasin factory is laughed out of the auditorium. Warriors insults Native Americans. I think Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs would be perfect, but I dont suggest it. (5). Identify the literary devices used in the quote above. What effect do they have? Theres some alliteration: be the Buccaneers because In terms of style, she capitalizes some of the words that wouldnt normally be capitalized: Overbearing Eurocentric

Patriarchs. GO ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK)! QUOTES Who are we? We cant be the Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women. The kid who suggests the Shoemakers in honor of the old moccasin factory is laughed out of the auditorium. Warriors insults Native Americans. I think Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs would be perfect, but I dont suggest it. (5).

What does Melinda mean by Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs? Patriarchs=men in charge Eurocentric implies a strong focus on white people of European descent Overbearing means these men are arrogant, bossy, and controlling CLOSET SPACE SECOND MARKING PERIOD

CLOSET SPACE What does Melinda put over the mirror in her closet? A poster of Maya Angelou, one of the greatest American writers Why is it getting more difficult for Melinda to talk? Her throat is always sore and her lips are raw When she wakes up, her jaws are clenched tight so she has a headache She sputters or freezes when she tries to talk

CLOSET SPACE What is Melinda thinking about that makes her so unhappy? What effect is this having on her physically? Mentally? She is thinking about what happened to her at the party, or rather she is trying not to think about it. Physically, she is hurting herself (headaches, sore throat, raw lips) Mentally, she is also hurting. She wants to hand over the guilt to someone else.

CLOSET SPACE I know my head isnt screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me (51). What literary devices are being used in the quote above? What effect do they have?

Asyndeton (no conjunctions like and): leave, transfer, warp Polysyndeton (too many conjunctions like and): guilt and mistake and anger Metaphor: There is a beast in my gut CLOSET SPACE I know my head isnt screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the

memory, it will stay with me, staining me (51). How would a memory continue to stain her if she doesnt have it anymore? A stain is something that cant go away and typically people think of something (or someone) as worthless if they are stained. This is how Melinda views herself as a result of the incident. JOB DAY SECOND MARKING PERIOD

JOB DAY READING COMPREHENSION What do the 9th graders have to do to help them with their futures? What effect do the results have on Melinda? On Heather? They have to take a careers test. Melinda receives mixed results including being a firefighter. Heather receives clearer results and this makes her

very happy. JOB DAY STYLE What are some of the differences about the style of writing in this section? Look carefully at the syntax (sentence structure) and create a list of the differences you find. A lot of it is written in an exam format: a) b) c) d) The first sentence is strung together into one long word.

FIRST AMENDMENT SECOND MARKING PERIOD FIRST AMENDMENT 1. Why is Mr. Neck so upset? His son cant get a job and he blames it on foreigners. 2. What does he want the students to debate about? (Be specific.) Debate: America should have closed her borders in 1900. 3. How does the Brave Kind stand up to Mr. Neck and why? What is Mr. Necks response? He tells Mr. Neck his kid is probably just lazy

and that white people have had it too easy. Mr. Neck stops the debate. 4. What has Melinda been working on during the debate? How is she struggling? She is trying to draw a tree, but it looks flat and boring. 5. Who also stands up to Mr. Neck before walking out of the classroom? David Petrakis, Melindas lab partner. FIRST AMENDMENT What do you think is the authors opinion regarding immigration and reverse discrimination? How can you tell? Use specific quotes to support your

reasoning. Most likely the author does not agree with Mr. Neck and considers reverse discrimination to be a ridiculous argument. The author connects the topic of discrimination with Mr. Neck. By extension, the reader should view his opinion the same way they view himas unlikeable. FIRST AMENDMENT What is the significance of the title of this section? The first amendment of the Constitution is freedom of

speech. The author is showing the reader how Mr. Neck is taking away the students right to say what they want without facing consequences. It also connects to how Melinda refuses to speak. GIVING THANKS SECOND MARKING PERIOD GIVING THANKS

What job does Melindas mother have? How does her job affect their Thanksgiving? She works in retail. She is worried about how well her business will do the day after Thanksgiving which is the start of the holiday shopping season. What happens to the turkey? How does Melindas dad try to save the turkey? What ends up happening in the end? So many terrible things. Her mom forgot to thaw it out, then her dad tries to turn it into soup. Finally, it is buried in the backyard and they order a pizza instead.

GIVING THANKS Find two examples of similes and two examples of metaphors. Explain the effect each one has. Simile: Its like watching someone caught in an electric fence, twitching and squirming and very stuck. Simile: Swearing like a rap star. Simile: I feel very much like the Titanic. Metaphor: A simmering argument, a few bubbles splashing on the stove. Metaphor: A pot of glue boils on the stove.

GIVING THANKS Does Melinda enjoy her Thanksgiving with her family? Why or why not? Sort of. She wishes her mother would just give up before making a mess of things. She seems to know how everything will turn out before it happens, meaning that its at least a predictable holiday for her. Her family still struggles to communicate, with her mother more focused on a phone conversation with the store than speaking with her family.

AND THE REST You can find the rest of the answers on a word document available below this PowerPoint.

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