Multicultural/Global Literature: Wonder

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Palacio, R. J. (2012). Wonder. New York: Penguin Random House Company.

Children’s Literature, Fiction (Contemporary Realistic)

Grades 5-8

 

Before reading this book I never made the connection of what the book actually was. I had seen the cover in bookstores, libraries and have witnessed others reading it because of the very distinct cover art and title. This book really hit close to home with me because I was bullied from elementary school to high school for health related things. I really appreciated the author bringing this topic to light without sugarcoating anything for the readers. One of the parts that stood out to me was when he overheard Jack talking about his appearance. This book was a very emotional one for me but I would love to use this in my future classroom. This would be a great lesson in bringing bullying to light and spreading empathy and trust among the class. I wasn’t sure how the book was going to end but I really liked how the school came together and the ending was worth all of the hardships that Auggie had to go through within the story.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was refreshing to read something that was full of challenges for the main character but was resolved by the end of the story. I have always found that my favorite books are ones in which I connect with the main characters.  I think friendship and self assurance is a big topic to bring up at this age and this book does a great job of that. Auggie’s supportive family also makes you think about what it’s like for a family to deal with those things too. The friendships he made throughout the book also teach kindness to readers and can make lasting impressions on the readers as well.

Objective:

After reading Wonder, think about what it would be like to live Auggie’s life. How would you have handled the situations he was faced with? What would you have done if you saw him being bullied? Now think about how you can face these challenges in real life. How can you help to spread positivity throughout your class and school?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the quote, “don’t judge a boy by his face mean?”
  2. How does Auggie’s personality change throughout the book?
  3. How does Auggie’s family help him cope with everything he deals with?
  4. Create your own precepts inspired by the story.
  5. What did you learn the most from the book?

Activity:

Create your own precept. If you could give someone one piece of advice about the world what would it be? Think about the lessons from Wonder about friendship, kindness, and acceptance. Write your precept on a piece of construction paper and decorate it however you like. All of the papers will be strung together to create a mobile for the classroom.

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http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Wonder_EG_WEB.pdf

http://rjpalacio.com/for-teachers.html

http://choosekind.tumblr.com/book

 

 

 

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