Out of My Mind Resource Set

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Melody is a typical fifth grader in some ways; she struggles to fit in, worries about tests and who she will sit with at lunch, and, at times, is frustrated by her parents and teachers. Melody is also unique in that she has cerebral palsy, a condition that limits her ability to control her body and communicate, but does not effect her mind. This powerful, coming-of-age story is an ideal first-person narrative to anchor this Book Club that explores the development of theme throughout the novel.

Teach with Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 8 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • Instructional Overview: 4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
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    Out of My Mind Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes the instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Out of My Mind Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Theme

    This opening Out of My Mind Book Club meeting introduces the concept of theme using several hands-on activities. Students will practice identifying a common theme among real-world photographs and of children's picture books that they are familiar with. Priming student thinking about theme in this way prepares them to tackle the determining theme work that is associated with this Book Club.

    Meeting #2: Summarizing the Text

    An important skill related to determining theme is the ability to clearly and concisely summarize the text. Strong summaries contain the main points written in the reader's own words. This meeting introduces a graphic organizer for students to track possible important details as they read Out of My Mind.

    Meeting #3: Supporting Theme with the Main Character’s Actions

    Authors, like Sharon Draper, leave clues throughout the text that help guide readers in determining the theme of the piece of writing. This Out of My Mind Book Club meeting draws student attention to the theme clues that are imbedded in the characters' actions.

    Meeting #4: Determining Theme Using the Main Character’s Dialogue and Thoughts

    Mirroring the work that was completed during the last Book Club meeting, students will broaden their focus to include character thoughts and dialogue as possible clues for the theme of Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind. The role of thoughts in determining the theme of this novel is very important because the story is told from Melody's unique perspective.

    Meeting #5: Identifying Additional Themes

    Until this point, students have focused on supporting a predetermined theme using Out of My Mind. The objective for this meeting changes to have the readers identify an alternate theme for the novel. These alternate themes will be supported with evidence from the text over the course of the remaining meetings.

    Meeting #6: Revisiting Theme and Character Actions

    Students will explore how their chosen theme is support by character actions in Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Discussion also includes why authors use themes in their writing and what it means if they are unable to support their proposed theme with evidence from the text.

    Meeting #7: Reviewing Theme and Character Dialogue and Thoughts

    Diving deeper into their chosen themes, students will look for evidence in character thoughts and dialogue for support. This Out of My Mind Book Club meeting discussion also explores the importance of theme to the reader.

    Meeting #8: Reflecting on Theme

    This final Out of My Mind Book Club meeting provides an opportunity for readers to showcase their learning related to determining theme. Students will discuss the ending of the story, complete a polished final version of their summary statement, and creatively express how theme was developed by Sharon Draper throughout the novel.

    Out of My Mind Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this 6 question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.

    Out of My Mind Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Out of My Mind and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Out of My Mind Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Out of My Mind. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Out of My Mind Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Out of My Mind, it is helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Out of My Mind Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    Out of My Mind Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Out of My Mind Book Club resource set.

    Out of My Mind TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Out of My Mind Resource Set.

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