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The Skin I'm In

Maleeka's writing allows her to explore a self with strength. She reverses her name to Aleekma, and in a sense, reverses her self-image by creating an alter-ego. Her character faces unspeakable...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 9:48 pm UTC

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As others answering your question have mentioned, the phrase "main events" is ambiguous and will vary from reader to reader. What I consider to be the main events may be different from what you...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020 9:25 pm UTC

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The Skin I’m In is a novel by Sharon G. Flake about seventh-grader Maleeka Madison overcoming insecurity about her race, despite teasing and lack of acceptance from her classmates. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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Maleeka and Miss Saunders both have issues with their skin that creates problems for them. Maleeka is dark-skinned, and feels different from the other kids at school. Like most people her age, she...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 10:18 am UTC

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One day in the cafeteria, Char finds something unpleasant on her burger. No one's quite sure what it is, but it kind of looks like something that used to be alive. Char's already been loudly...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018 7:13 am UTC

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Another theme that would be important to discuss in today's world (and/or today's classroom) would be school bullying. One doesn't have to look even further than the main character: Maleeka...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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In any work of literature, the setting is an important element of the story which helps to set the scene and establish the mood and atmosphere around which characters develop and the plot...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 10:37 am UTC

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In Sharon G. Flake's book The Skin I'm In, the character of Miss Saunders is a positive influence on Maleeka. Miss Saunders uses corrective tactics to bring out Maleeka's untapped writing...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 6:52 pm UTC

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In this novel, the theme of colorism within racial attitudes is more prominent than racism against a different race. Maleeka, the protagonist, is a very dark-skinned African American seventh-grade...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 7:24 pm UTC

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In chapter 11, Char shouts at the lunch ladies because she says the "hamburgers look like burnt dog doo-doo." As Maleeka says, the lunch ladies are not the kind of people you mess with. They are...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 1:17 pm UTC

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The issue here is that John-John is actually one of the bullies that troubles Maleeka at school. The irony is that John-John is actually Maleeka's same skin color which should make the reader...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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Maleeka's been getting into trouble at school again. Miss Saunders, the English teacher who sees something in Maleeka, comes up with a creative punishment along with the principal: Maleeka's going...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 10:53 am UTC

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The first time that Maleeka lays eyes on Miss Saunders, it's fair to say that she's none too impressed. Worse than that, she gets a bad feeling inside, a foreshadowing of their future conflicts. In...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020 12:05 pm UTC

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In The Skin I'm in by Sharon Flake, Maleeka, now a seventh-grader, spends much of her schooling trying to be someone she is not. Her low self-esteem causes her to believe that she attracts all the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2015 6:18 am UTC

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Maleeka wears handmade clothes to school, clothes made by her mother at home. But she really hates wearing them, not least because it brings her a lot of grief from the other girls. As Maleeka...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 10:57 am UTC

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Through the writing of her diary Maleeka is able to deal more effectively with the many challenges that she faces. In writing the diary she adopts the persona of Aleekma—an anagram of Maleeka—a...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 11:56 am UTC

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John-John does not treat Maleeka very well. She has very dark skin and John-John regularly teases her about it, and sings songs to her about it, even though his skin is also black. Whether he...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2013 3:09 am UTC

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In the beginning of Chapter 28 of The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake, John-John is seemingly waiting for Maleeka on the sidewalk as she goes to Sam's store at her mother's urging. Maleeka suggests...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 2:01 pm UTC

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The Skin I’m In presents Maleeka, a seventh-grader who has dark black skin and homemade clothes. She gets teased and bullied a lot at school. Maleeka used to be proud of her dark black skin, but...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 11:49 pm UTC

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Charlese is one of the most powerful and prominent pupils at Maleeka’s school. When Miss Saunders arrives at the school, practically her first act is to reprimand a girl she finds “leaning against...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 5:53 am UTC

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There are not many similes in The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake because the novel is told in the voice of the seventh-grader Maleeka Madison—who has a very straight forward way of speaking. The...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 11:12 pm UTC

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Maleeka Madison, the thirteen-year-old protagonist of The Skin I'm In, is a smart student who exhibits special ability in writing. Nevertheless, she is teased for her dark skin color and home-made...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 1:47 am UTC

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Maleeka is troubled by the darkness of her skin and the torment of her peers about her darkness. Her self-image is poor, and that view of herself is reinforced by the cruel song of John-John and...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 10:58 am UTC

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Most of the story takes place at McClenton Middle School, and Maleeka only hints at her feelings toward her neighbourhood. For example, she says she hates the way some of the teachers talk about...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 12:33 pm UTC

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Honesty is a good word to describe Miss Saunders. You could also say she's upfront, truthful, direct, frank, and something of a change-maker. Miss Saunders speaks her mind. If she feels like...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2020 3:02 pm UTC

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When the class discusses Romeo and Juliet, Miss Saunders tries to find ways of linking the story and its themes with the students' lives. They discuss Juliet's suicide after she finds that Romeo is...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 5:11 am UTC

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By her own admission, Maleeka's no fighter. And yet she's still managed to get herself embroiled in a scrap with Daphne Robinson. To be fair to Maleeka, the main responsibility for the fight lies...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021 12:53 pm UTC

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Ever since second grade, when Maleeka had just moved to the Heights, John-John has hated her guts. At long last, Maleeka now finds out why. It all started on her first day in class, when she came...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021 9:32 am UTC

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In chapter 6, page 29, Daphne Robinson wants to beat up Maleeka because she says she has just found out that Maleeka kissed her boyfriend. Maleka knows it was Charlese who kissed Maleeka's...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 12:14 pm UTC

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Maleeka's mother very much welcomes the presence of Miss Saunders in her daughter's life. Miss Saunders provides Maleeka with much-needed discipline and direction in her life, bolstering her mom's...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 8:27 am UTC

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Maleeka is indeed tall. Very tall. In fact, she candidly describes herself as "the tallest, skinniest thing you've ever seen." Maleeka's prodigious growth rate is one of the many things that sets...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 9:00 am UTC

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It's somewhat ironic, to say the least, that Maleeka Madison, of all people, should be so judgmental about Miss Saunders' physical appearance, on account of her own serious self-esteem issues. And...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021 10:21 am UTC

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The Skin I’m In, a realistic contemporary novel by Sharon G. Flake, is about thirteen-year-old Maleeka Madison. Middle school is very difficult for the protagonist. Throughout this coming-of-age...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 11:30 pm UTC

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It might be difficult to identify a part in Sharon Flake’s novel when Maleeka makes a speech in the normal definition of the word. In other words, you might have a hard time finding a spot when...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 2:47 pm UTC

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Although the wording of your question is a bit cryptic (in that I am not sure if you want quotations of their introduction during the exposition of the plot or the true "how" they are introduced in...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 3:37 pm UTC

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For much of the story, Maleeka really hates her new English teacher Miss Saunders. For one thing, she has a real attitude problem—look who's talking—and always seems to be on Maleeka's case about...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021 10:00 am UTC

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In The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake, seventh-grade Maleeka is insecure in her identity, and because she is Black, she is teased constantly at school. She falls in with a group of tough girls led by...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021 6:27 pm UTC

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The Skin I’m in by Sharon Flake would be a relevant book to teach at the middle school level. The subject matter is relevant to any student who’s ever attended school. How many middle school...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 11:34 am UTC

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