Signpost name: Aha Moment
What happened in the book: Melody realized that her whole quiz team left without her on the trip to Washington D.C! Her mom called her teacher and he said that they went out to breakfast without her too! She was so sad!
Question: How could this effect the story?
Answer: She probably will not like her teacher anymore or any of her classmates. It will also probably be really awkward when she goes to school again!!!
The end and the start is an again and again because it said "I am 11 years old and I have never said a single word."
Signpost name: Contrasts and Contradictions
What happened in the book: Melody is acting out and throwing a tantrum when her 3rd grade teacher is teaching her the ABC's. This is not like her.
Question: Why is the character doing that?
Answer: She is frustrated. She often gets frustrated when she has trouble communicating, but is not usually to this extreme and not in school usually. Melody want her teacher to stop treating them like babies!!!!!!
Why does this keep showing up because It's Important that she hasn't said a word an∂ she is 11 years old
Signpost name: Memory Moment
The thing that happened was that she was acting up because she had saw a show that said these blocks were poisonous and if you licked it like a kid would you would get sick. So she started to cry her heart out, trying to get her moms attention that those were dangerous and that a kid could get very sick.
What does that question make me wonder?
Answer: She was acting like that because she didn't want anybody to get sick and she was just so frusterated that she could not tell her mom.
Signpost name: Contrast and Contradictions
What happened in the book: Melody pushed her little sister over and made her fall down and cry, which is not at all like Melody.
Question:Why is the character doing this?
Answer: Melody probably pushed Penny over because she was annoyed at her for putting Doodle (stuffed animal) in her face. She also probably did that because she was jealous that Penny could walk and talk and Melody couldn't.
Signpost name: Contradictions and Contrasts
Claire who hates Melody from the bottom of her cold hard heart. Then after Whiz Kids, Claire, during the interview starts blabbing on how much she and Melody hang out.
Question: Why did Claire do this?
Answer: She was totally sucking up for the camera! People do that all the time including Mr (Grumpy) Solarz. He really does he threatened to wear a tie when ABC news was coming in. I think Claire was kind of hogging the camera and wanted acknowledgement.
Signpost: Again and Again
It's an again and again At the end and the start when she says "I am 11 years old and i still haven't said a single word"
Question: Why does this keep showing up again and again
Answer: It's important because she hasn't said a single word in her life.
Signpost Name: Again and Again
What happened in the book?: The quiz team won the match so they can now go to Washington D.C and the cameras were flashing over and over again.
Question: Why does this keep showing up again and again.
Answer: All of the people are so happy and surprise that the team with the disabled kid won the round and are going to Washington D.C . They all want to take a great photo of an amazing team.
Signpost name: Again and Again
Melody always gets frustrated because she cant talk to anyone. She mentions this all the time in the beginning of the book.
Question: Why would she keep mentioning it?
Answer: Because shes stuck in her head! If you could never say anything that you had before what would you do? I would freak out and "tornado explode" all the time.
Signpost Name: Aha Moment
What happened in the story? Mr. Dimming told the class that the next Whiz Kids practice round would have harder questions because Melody got all the right answers. Then Melody realizes that it is an insult to her intelligence, and she gets mad.
Question: How might this change things?
Answer: It makes Melody really mad, and she doesn't talk to anyone, including her neighbor, Mrs. V. It also makes her want to be on the quiz team even more than before.
Contrast and Contradiction:
Melody is acting smart and intelligent when she got her new talker. But she usually just acted bored and people thought she was unintelligent.
Why is the character doing that?:
Melody feels confident now because she can talk and communicate her thoughts and ideas with other people and saying the answers in school, telling jokes and having conversations with people without problems like she has. So now people don't see her as someone who just sits there staring. She can talk through her talker to other people and give answers. So she just seems way more intelligent than before and can "say" things to other people.
Signpost: Again and Again Claire, and Molly always are rude to Melody.
Question: Do you think it would stop.
Answer: I don't think they would unless somehow they beat out Melody. They're two bullies looking for a victim.
Signpost: Contrasts and Contradictions
When the team is boarding the plane Elana told rose to call melody but she didn't that is not like her.
Question:Why is the Character doing that.
Answer: I think that she knew that the whole team didn't want her to come.
S:Again and Again
Q:Why does this keep showing up?
A: Claire kept on saying "She Is from the retard room she can't be on the quiz team!" Well I think Melody has more brains than bratty Claire.
Signpost Name: Contrasts and Contradictions
What happened in the story? None of the quiz team members told Melody about them going to breakfast and catching the early plane.
Question: Why is the character doing that?
Answer: They think that Melody will be a setback to the quiz team, so they don't tell her.
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