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Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Sharon Draper Bio
Sharon Draper Bio from Ohio Reading Road Trip
Publisher: Simon & Shuster

(Publisher description)
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.





Listen HERE to Sharon Draper describing her book, explaining why she felt it was important to speak for kids who cannot speak, and hear a short excerpt from the book.

What is CP? Cerebral Palsy
Definition from Kids Health.org. Explore their web site to learn more about CP and other health related information.

Cerebral palsy (say: seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a condition that affects thousands of babies and children each year. It is not contagious, which means you can't catch it from anyone who has it. The word cerebral means having to do with the brain. The word palsy means a weakness or problem in the way a person moves or positions his or her body.

Discover more information and resources about Cerebral Palsy at United Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral Palsy Connection Website designed to allow those with CP communicate with each other.

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Bluebonnet Book Club Activity

Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities


golden-ruleSM.jpgEvery person born into this world is different in one way or another.
Remember the Golden Rule-"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Read the Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities.
Hold a group discussion and explore role playing "To Do" or "Not to Do" situations.
Invite a physically, visually, or hearing impaired member of your community to come and share their experiences. Contact local organizations to come out and visit with students.
South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center


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Out of My Mind Study Guide created by Sharon Draper.
This is an in-depth guide and includes discussion questions, Language Arts classroom activities.

Reading Group Guide from Publisher Simon and Schuster

Interview with Sharon Draper: Out of My Mind introduction summary and story questions.


Professor Stephen Hawking web site

Stephen Hawking Bio information- Melody decided to write her 5th grade biography paper about Professor Stephen Hawking. She might have used this web site to retrieve her information.

Name a Star Just for fun!
Explore the Universe and discover the stars. Name your own star!

Read Stephen Hawking books for kids
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George's Secret Key to the Universe (Stephen Hawking website for kids)
Young George lives at home with his technology-fearing parents and his mischievous pet pig Freddy. His parents have never let George have a computer of any kind but when new neighbours move in next door he is introduced to the world's most powerful computer - a highly advanced machine called Cosmos that holds the secrets to the Universe. (website description)






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Thank you for the education resources
Simon & Shuster
Sharon Draper
Kids Health.org
Cerebral Palsy World
United Cerebral Palsy
Ohio Reading Road Trip (bio info)
Dr. Stephen Hawking
Book Trailers for Readers-M. Harclerode
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com