Introduction to Flowers for Algernon 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 genius. • 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 Test. • 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 Algernon? • 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 ended. • Hopefully, you figured that out!