Introduction to Flowers for Algernon

Introduction to Flowers for
The Power Point you are about to
view has been created for you by
Mrs. Geller, with love!
What is Flowers for Algernon,
which I shall refer to as FFA?
• FFA is about Charlie Gordon.
• Charlie is a mentally retarded adult who
is given the opportunity to become a
• This Power Point will introduce you to
some of the concepts and vocabulary
that appear in the story.
What is IQ?
• IQ stands for intelligence quotient. There are
a lot of different IQ tests given to try to figure
out how smart people are.
• IQ tests have been criticized a lot because
wealthy white people from educated families
often perform better on the tests; this DOES
NOT necessarily mean they are smarter!
What is mental retardation?
• Mental retardation is a term used to describe
lower than average mental abilities.
• Some doctors define mental retardation as
having an IQ below 70.
• There are a lot of terms that doctors once
used to describe mental retardation like idiot,
imbecile, moron, and feeble-minded. These
terms are not really used anymore because
they are insulting.
What is EI?
• EI stands for Emotional Intelligence.
• Emotional Intelligence measures how
well we recognize our own feelings and
emotions and how we deal with our
emotions in relationships.
• Emotional Intelligence measures
abilities that may not be measured by
IQ tests.
What is a Rorschach Test
• The Rorschach test was invented by a guy
named Herman Rorschach.
• It’s a psychological test where you are given
a bunch of weird ink blots to look at, and you
are asked what they look like to you.
• Psychologists disagree as to whether or not
Rorschach testing is useful.
• Mrs. Geller has the actual cards used in a
Rorschach test.
What is TAT?
• TAT stands for the Thematic Apperception
• This is also a psychological test where you’re
shown several pictures and you’re asked to
describe what is happening, what the
characters are thinking and feeling, and what
might happen next.
• Psychologists look for patterns. If you see
violence and death in every picture, it might
mean something!
• Mrs. Geller has TAT cards too.
What is phonetic spelling?
• Phonetic spelling is spelling things the way
that they sound.
• For example the phonetic spelling of the word
“photograph” would be “fotograf”.
• The phonetic spelling of “great” would be
“grate” or “gr8”.
• You’ll notice that in Flowers for Algernon,
Charlie uses phonetic spelling.
• Some of you use phonetic spelling too, but
let’s not go there!
Will you like Flowers for
• Yes, you will!
• You will like it because I’m telling you
that you’ll like it!
• I’m only kidding, but most 8th graders
do like this story.
The End
• This means that this Power Point has
• Hopefully, you figured that out!

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