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progris riport 1 martch 3

Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donners bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my brithday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center for retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off. Dr. Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but I cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today...yrs truly Charlie Gordon.

progris riport 2-martch 4

I had a test today. I think I faled it and I think mabye now they wont use me. What happind is I went to Prof Nemurs office on my lunch time like they said and his secertery took me to a place that said psych dept on the door with a long hall and alot of littel rooms with onley a desk and chares. And a nice man was in one of the rooms and he had some wite cards with ink spilld all over them. He sed sit down Charlie and make yourself cunfortible and rilax. He had a wite coat like a docter but I dont think he was no docter because he dint tell me to opin my mouth and say ah. All he had was those wite cards. His name is Burt. I fergot his last name because I dont remembir so good.

I dint know what he was gonna do and I was holding on tite to the chair like sometimes when I go to a dentist onley Burt aint no dentist neither but he kept telling me to rilax and that gets me skared because it always means its gonna hert.

So Burt sed Charlie what do you see on this card. I saw the spilld ink and I was very skared even tho I got my rabits foot in my pockit because when I was a kid I always faled tests in school and I spilld ink to.

I tolld Burt I saw ink spilld on a wite card. Burt said yes and he smild and that maid me feel good. He kept terning all the cards and I tolld him somebody spilld ink on all of them red and black. I thot that was a easy test but when I got up to go Burt stoppd me and said now sit down Charlie we are not thru yet. Theres more we got to do with these cards. I dint understand about it but I remembir Dr Strauss said do anything the testor telld me even if it dont make no sense because thats testing.

I dont remembir so good what Burt said but I remembir he wantid me to say what was in the ink. I dint see nothing in the ink but Burt sed there was picturs there. I coudnt see no picturs. I reely tryed to see. I holded the card up close and then far away. Then I said if I had my eye glassis I coud probaly see better I usully only ware my eyeglassis in the movies or to watch TV but I sed maybe they will help me see the picturs in the ink. I put them on and I said now let me see the card agan I bet I find it now.

I tryed hard but I still coudnt find the picturs I only saw the ink. I tolld Burt mabey I need new glassis. He rote somthing down on a paper and I got skared of faling the test. So I tolld him it was a very nice pictur of ink with pritty points all around the eges but he shaked his head so that wasnt it neither. I asked him if other pepul saw things in the ink and he sed yes they imagen picturs in the inkblot. He tolld me the ink on the card was calld inkblot.

Burt is very nice and he talks slow like Miss Kinnian dose in her class where I go to lern reeding for slow adults. He explaned me it was a raw shok test. He sed pepul see things in the ink. I said show me where. He dint show me he just kept saying think imagen theres something on the card. I tolld him I imaggen a inkblot. He shaked his head so that wasnt rite eather. He said what does it remind you of pretend its something. I closd my eyes for a long time to pretend and then I said I pretend a bottel of ink spilld all over a wite card. And thats when the point on his pencel broke and then we got up and went out.

I dont think I passd the raw shok test.

3d progris riport

martch 5-Dr Strauss and prof Nemur say it dont matter about the ink on the cards. I tolld them I dint spill the ink on them and I coudnt see anything in the ink. They said maybe they will still use me. I tolld Dr Strauss that Miss Kinnian never gave me tests like that only riting and reeding. He said Miss Kinnian tolld him I was her bestist pupil in the Beekman School for retarted adults and I tryed the hardist becaus I reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me.

Dr Strauss askd me how come you went to the Beekman School all by yourself Charlie. How did you find out about it. I said I dont remembir.

Prof Nemur said but why did you want to lern to reed and spell in the frist place. I tolld him because all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells me but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot.

Dr Strauss rote some things on a peice of paper and prof Nemur talkd to me very sereus. He said you know Charlie we are not shure how this experamint will werk on pepul because we onley tried it up to now on animils. I said thats what Miss Kinnian tolld me but I dont even care if it herts or anything because Im strong and I will werk hard.

I want to get smart if they will let me. They said they got to get permissen from my familie but my uncle Herman who use to take care of me is ded and I dont rimember about my familie. I dint see my mother or father or my littel sister Norma for a long long long time. Mabye their ded to. Dr. Strauss askd me where they use to live. I think in brooklin. He sed they will see if mabye they can find them.

I hope I dont have to rite to much of these progris riports because it takes along time and I get to sleep very late and Im tired at werk in the morning. Gimpy hollered at me because I droppd a tray full of rolles I was carrying over to the oven. They got derty and he had to wipe them off before he put them in to bake. Gimpy hollers at me all the time when I do something rong, but he reely likes me because hes my frend. Boy if I get smart wont he be serprised.

Copyright © 1966, 1959 by Daniel Keyes

Copyright renewed 1994, 1987 by Daniel Keyes

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Avery W, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Avery W)
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, is about a man named Charlie Gordon. When he was a little boy, he had a test done that showed he had an IQ of 70. His mom never really cared for him and his father liked him, but never stood up for him. When Charlie’s sister Norma was born, Charlie’s mom kicked him out of the house. He was sent to a place called Warren. Later in Charlie’s life, he was picked up by a couple of scientists who wanted to try an experiment on him to hopefully raise his IQ. Charlie learns that the experiment was done on a mouse named Algernon and it made the mouse very smart. He agrees to have the experiment done on him, and it works! Charlie becomes smarter, but as he becomes more smart, his friends stop talking to him. His teacher tells him he no longer has an innocence about him like he did before. Now Charlie has to find the spot in between his old self and new self.
I really enjoyed the book because the author made the book fun to read. It was almost silly in some parts because of the way the author wrote the paragraph. I think Flowers for Algernon is a good book for either gender because there are male and female characters. I think it would be good for middle school kids because there may be harder topics to understand. The book could be read in a group. There is a lot you can discuss, but it also makes a great independant book.

*The book is told through Charlie’s progress reports he writes about how he feels the experiment is working for him outside of the lab.
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Reader Eternal, October 24, 2011 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
Anyone who can read should read this book. This is one of the most stunning, moving stories I have ever read. It's one of the very few books that have actually made me cry. If you've never read it--do. You won't be sorry, and you'll never look at humanity the same way again.
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apac16pimp, May 28, 2008 (view all comments by apac16pimp)
I really enjoyed the book. I like how the book is more interesting than the movie and it has a bigger transition and more detail for the main character. I really think its cool how the mouse represents
Charlie in a way because when the mouse cant figure out the maze, that gives away that Charlie is going to lose his intelligence. The mood of the book is sad and it really catches the reader off guard when Charlie goes through his recession. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes books that really catch the reader. I also like it that the author put a lot of emotion into the character by making Charlie cry, and have his feelings change and the way he talk change throughout the book. Overall I really liked the book and would read it again to enjoy it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030083
Author:
Keyes, Daniel
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Gifted persons
Subject:
People with mental disabilities
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Series Volume:
v. 104
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.39 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

"Synopsis" by , Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in semi-literate "progris riports." He dimly wants to better himself, but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving. Then, an operation turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache.

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