Literature 2019/20

Seahorses – Literature Session 3

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Eleven-year-old Melody is very smart.  She remembers everything she sees and hears.  However, no one knows the extent of Melody’s intelligence because she is stuck in an uncooperative body.  She can’t speak, walk or take care of herself. This book is written from Melody’s point of view. Readers won’t feel sorry for her, though.  They will be Team Melody all the way!

This is a longer book than the first two we have read, and it will take us all 8 weeks of Session 3 to read it.  I would love it if everyone could have Chapters 1-4 read by the first day of the session (January 31). These four chapters are an introduction to the main character, Melody.  If everyone is prepared on the first day, we can start our discussion right away instead of spending class time introducing the book. As always, ebooks and audiobooks are fine to use.

This 8-week plan is very basic.  Discussion and activities will evolve as we read the book.  Keep an eye on the Homework Bookmarks and the ODE Facebook page for more information as the session progresses.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

-Allison Andrews, Literature Teacher  (


Week 1  (Jan. 31)

Discuss Chapters 1 – 4

Vocabulary and Character descriptions.

Homework – Read Chapters 5 – 8.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 2  (Feb. 7)

Discuss Chapters 5 – 8

Homework – Read Chapters 9 – 12.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 3  (Feb. 14)

Discuss Chapters 9 – 12

Homework – Read Chapters 13 – 16.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 4  (Feb. 21)

Discuss Chapters 13 – 16

Homework – Read Chapters 17 – 20.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 5  (Feb. 28)

Discuss Chapters 17 – 20

Homework – Read Chapters 21 – 24.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark. 


Week 6  (March 6)

Discuss Chapters 21 – 24

Homework – Read Chapters 25 – 28.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 7  (March 13)

Discuss Chapters 25 – 28

Homework – Read Chapters 29 – 33.  Answer questions on the Homework Bookmark.


Week 8  (March 20)

Discuss Chapters 29 – 33

Last day of the session – No homework




Course Description

We will read one chapter book per Session.  We will use the theme of the book to inspire class discussion, projects, storytelling, writing and art work. We will also use the text to develop comprehension, identify character, setting & plot, and define vocabulary words using context clues.  Our main goal will be to connect with each story in a way that is fun, imaginative and meaningful to the class.
Books will be chosen keeping in mind that our students have varied interests and reading levels.
Each week, students will be asked to read an assigned number of chapters at home so that they will be able to participate fully in class discussions and activities.
While it is always nice to have an actual copy of a book, ebooks and audiobooks are fine as well.

Teacher: Allison Andrews

Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College.  She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools.  For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children.  Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children’s schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.

This will be Allison’s third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes.  She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story’s theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books.  Allison looks forward to  spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE.  She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!


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