As a reflection of reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, students will be instructed to create a Wordle (http://www.wordle.net) of at least 20 words that they would use to describe the protagonist, Melody. (For example, they could describe her as strong, brave, smart, etc).
Once they create their Wordle, as part of an informal presentation of their learning, the teacher could have students share their three favorite words to describe Melody and find a specific page, passage, or quote from the book that explains why they chose these particular words.
Then, the teacher will instruct the students to read the following article about Stephen Hawking and assistive technologies (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stephen-hawking-as-accidental-ambassador-for-assistive-technologies/) having the students answer the following questions individually or with a partner on a separate sheet of paper:
1. How are Stephen Hawking and Melody similar?
2. How are Stephen Hawking and Melody different?
3. If Stephen Hawking or Melody did not have Speech Generated Devices (SGDs), how would their lives be different?
4. What has the book and this article taught you about assistive technologies? What are some examples of assistive technologies and why are they needed?
Once the students have read the article and answered the questions, the teacher will instruct the students to look back on their Wordle creations and highlight the words they used to describe Melody that they wouldn't have known about her without her speech generating device.
As a reflection to this activity, the students could share any of the following: how many words they highlighted, what words they highlighted and why, or even what they learned from this experience.