Melody Brooks

      Have you ever read the story Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper? It is about a girl with cerebral palsy named Melody. She can't walk, talk, or move her body much. She is very intelligent and has a photographic memory. Melody is very stressed out because she can't  talk to anyone.

                                                 What is Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral palsy, sometimes referred as CP, is a disease that some people  are born with and isn't contagious. It affects your brain and gives you a hard time controlling your hands and feet. Sometimes, it is severe and they can't walk or talk but some people with cerebral palsy can walk and talk. There are three types of cerebral palsy: Spastic, Athetoid, and Ataxic. Melody has a severe case of Spastic cerebral palsy.

                                                   Causes of Cerebral palsy

     Cerebral palsy causes people to not be able to control the part of their body that is affected with cerebral palsy. The part of the body that has cerebral palsy doesn't move the way the person wants to move it. Melody's body is almost completely affected by cerebral palsy. Melody can't move her arms, legs, and  head, the way she wants to. All she can do on her own will is kick and scream and push buttons with her thumbs. Cerebral palsy is caused by damaging the baby before birth. Cerebral palsy affects muscle movements and in severe cases, it damages the neurons in the cerebral cortex of their brain.

                                Accommodations for people with Cerebral palsy

     There are many accommodations for people with cerebral palsy. Some people use crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Others use a communication board with words on it or a talking device where you can just type in the letter, phrase, sentence, or statement and it will say it out loud. Maybe they will not be able to control their muscles. People like Melody have a more severe case, or they might have a mild case.

                                         Famous people with Cerebral palsy

           Even though some people have cerebral palsy that doesn't mean that they can't do anything. A lot of famous people have cerebral palsy. Bonner Paddock was the first person with cerebral palsy to climb the world's tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Stephen Hawking is another famous person who has cerebral palsy and he has written many great books and he is a great philosopher. One other person with cerebral palsy is Rick Hoyt and he and his dad run in many  triathlons and marathons to help a paralyzed lacrosse player.  They have competed in many other races such as the Boston Marathon. Andy Griffith who is the main character in The Andy Griffith Show has cerebral palsy also.


     The theme of the story is don't judge a book by it's cover. People kept judging Melody because she didn't look like everyone else on the outside. They should have judged her by what was on the inside. Melody is a great person but some people don't see that. No matter what you look or feel like on the outside, it's what is on the inside that counts.


   Melody has cerebral palsy and she was home schooled until the fifth grade. Now she goes to Spaulding Street Elementary School. Life isn't easy for her but she is starting to look up. She just got a dog and her mom just had a baby. Melody usually goes to room H-5, a special ed class, but now she is going to inclusion classes. There is a quiz team and Melody gets on it, but the people on the quiz team are very selfish. Melody is judged by a lot of people too soon but they change their mind later in the story, when she makes the quiz team.  

                                                              Character Analysis

     Melody is a very intelligent person because she made the whiz kids team. Melody is also very funny, she joked about her mom getting bigger, and Catherine's clothes. Melody has a color for each type of music she hears, and she has photographic memory which helps her to remember almost everything she sees and hears.          

                                                                  Point of View                                                             The point of view is first person because Melody always expresses her feelings. She has tornado tantrums when she gets mad. When she got embarrassed in class she said that she wished she could hide under the table.                                                                                                                            Setting                                                 The setting of the story takes place at Mrs. V's house. It also took place at Melody's house and her school, Spaulding Street Elementary School.                                                                             This image came from


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