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Speak - Trees

  1. 1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 1 st Marking Period
  2. 2. WHAT IS A SYMBOL? <ul><li>When a certain object, picture or idea is used in literature to really represent something else, it is a symbol. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are reading and a certain idea or object keeps reappearing, being described in interesting and complicated ways, there is a good chance it is meant to be looked at on a deeper level…perhaps a symbol of something else! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a tree, really? <ul><li>A tree is a plant that occurs in many different forms. </li></ul><ul><li>Trees show a variety of formations—including different leaf type and shape, bark characteristics, and reproductive organs. </li></ul><ul><li>Compared with most other plants, trees are long-lived, some reaching several thousand years old and growing to up to 379 ft high. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Roots of a Tree: <ul><li>The roots of a tree are embedded in earth, providing an anchor and a way to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. </li></ul><ul><li>While ground nutrients are essential to a tree's growth, the majority of its growth comes from carbon dioxide absorbed from the atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>The roots systems of trees are intricate and complicated… </li></ul>
  5. 5. What happens when “roots” become damaged? <ul><li>Damaging roots on a tree may cause branches to die. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot have healthy branches if the roots are damaged. Eventually the “disease” will spread throughout the tree, taking over. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The branch system of a tree… <ul><li>A tree branch is a woody structural piece connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs. </li></ul><ul><li>A bough can also be called a limb or arm. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pruning 101… <ul><li>Pruning is when branches are cut back. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not prune branches, the tree will become overgrown. </li></ul><ul><li>If you prune too much, the tree will bear less fruit and leaves, and will not appear “beautiful”. </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of deadwood or diseased limbs will usually result in an ugly plant. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What happens when tree branches are pruned? <ul><li>Pruning can be harmful to a newly planted tree’s health. </li></ul><ul><li>Pruning branches on trees not yet planted does not help a tree grow better or establish a balance between the roots and the branches. </li></ul><ul><li>A newly planted tree needs all the leaves it has to help support the growth of new roots. Pruning trees before they are ready hurts the tree’s ability to become established. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why a tree as a symbol? <ul><li>Because of their shape – a central trunk with branches like arms and fingers, bark like skin – trees lend themselves to identification with the human form. </li></ul><ul><li>We can compare trees and humans easily in how they look. However, we can also compare the way trees grow and die to the human life as well. </li></ul><ul><li>You will notice that Laurie Halse Anderson continually brings up trees in Speak, so it becomes our job as the reader to look deeper into why she makes such a big deal about trees. What is she really trying to get us to see? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What other things in nature could we compare human beings to?