Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J.PalacioI first read the book Wonder while on vacation at the beach. I just couldn’t put the book down, so I ended up spending a good bit of the day sitting under an umbrella reading. Through laughter and tears, I followed Auggie through his fifth grade year. My first impression was that Palacio was a fantastic writer. Her story telling is spot on. I knew right away that I would read this book with my students the upcoming year. The lessons taught . . . . acceptance, anti-bullying, friendship, being kind . . . . are so valuable. All students need to experience them through a good book.

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The Book Unit

Once I began creating a unit for the book, I began to love the book Wonder in new ways. The author brilliantly included so many teachable moments.

Here are just a few:

Perspective

The book changes viewpoints from Auggie to Auggie’s friends, sister, and sister’s boyfriend. The reader experiences the same event through the eyes of different characters. Writing  from the different viewpoints was so clever! (By reading this book with my students, one difficult Common Core Skill could be crossed of the list. LOL!!)

Here is free a sample writing question on point of view from my unit.

Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio

The 5th Grade Year

Auggie’s fifth grade class has events that are typical for this age group such as an Egyptian exhibit, science fair, and nature retreat. While teaching this book, cross curricular activities are easy to incorporate.

Precepts

Palacio creates a language arts teacher, Mr. Browne, who has the students write on a monthly precept. These thought-provoking statements really make the reader think. FANTASTIC!

Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio
Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio

 

Click here to download the free printable precepts like those pictured above. This download also includes discussion questions for the novel.

Sample Precept Mini Poster from Wonder Unit

 

Click here to download your free sample precept mini poster.

Epigraphs

The book contains references to songs, events in Star Wars, and other events in current pop culture. This makes the book feel real as if you are a part of the story. Here is a link to many of the pop culture references in Wonder including movie clips, songs, and photos.

Epigraph YouTube Videos from Wonder by R. J. PalacioEach of the eight parts of Wonder begins with an epigraph. They serve as foreshadowing of what is to take place in the part as well as getting the reader to think in a specific direction. Many of these are songs from popular culture.

I placed all the epigraphs on a webpage for easy viewing. You can find it here.

Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio

Anchor Chart

This the anchor chart I created while reading Wonder with my students. It pairs with constructed response question.

Click here to get the pdf version of this question.

Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio

 Wonder Movie

A movie based on the book hit the theaters in 2017.

 

Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio
Teaching Ideas for the novel Wonder by Palacio

 

Check out the novel study with this free sample.

You can purchase the full Wonder Book Unit on Teachers Pay Teachers here.

Free Samples from Wonder Book Unit 

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2 comments

    • Colleen Hanzl on March 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Hi,
    I loved your unit of study on Wonder. This site was even more amazing because this is my friend’s nephew in the video. I kept telling my students that Nathaniel may be up for the lead in the movie, this was an incredible find. Thanks for all of your hard work.

    SIncerely,
    Colleen Hanzl

    1. You’re most welcome! I hope he gets the part!

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