by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lesson plans and teaching resources
This guy thinks
Laurie Halse Anderson's 2010 blog responding to an attack on Speak . Includes a link to the attacking editorial. Good nonfiction piece to accompany study of the novel.
Under Attack, Again
An interview with the author about the 2010 attack on Speak and response to the attack from others.
Summary; lists of related movies, web sites, and books; and 3 teaching activities.
Everything you need to teach this novel: objectives, activities, vocabulary, journal topics, interdisciplinary connections, and much more. An excellent resource!
Scroll down for tests and quizzes on the novel and on vocabulary. Word processor required.
Essential questions, assessments and charts, literary terms, journal prompts, learning activities, film viewing guide. 36 pages; word processor required.
Students respond to 10 statements before and after reading the novel. Access requires MS-Word or compatible application.
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Follow links at the top for groups of words. Click on an individual word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of other use, more.
Study Guide for
Comprehension questions, vocbulary, symbols, figurative language, writing prompts.
Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 4 titles inspired by Speak!
Text to Text
A passage from the novel is paired with an op-ed essay about a 16-year-old woman who was assaulted by a classmate. It includes a video of Anderson reading a poem compiled from letters readers have sent her about the book and a 2-minute movie trailer.