I just finished R. J. Palacio’s Wonder, and I couldn’t be more please with this cute, moving novel about a young boy with a face abnormality. Written at a middle school level, August’s struggle through fifth grade was not “babyish” as some may think, but actually an engaging tale of heroism and friendship. My school is using this novel as their first “One School, One Book” initiative, and I couldn’t be more pleased. As an adult I was engaged in August’s story, and could see all students 9-12 being engaged and empathetic for this young man’s struggle. Told from many perspectives, this novel is an “easy-read”, but one that will stay with you.
I thought I would post some of the resources in case other people may want to use it.
- Raise money for the Children’s Craniofacial Association.
- Use Precepts in the classroom like Mr. Brown. I thought this would be similar to doing 6 Word Memoirs. Making precepts for character analysis, or using precepts Check out my older post on 6 Word Memiors.
- The people at Help Reader’s Love Reading created a great visual/auditory reference guide for all allusions to music/pop culture in the book.
- Random House Educator’s Guide for standard discussion questions and activities.
- Send Precept Postcards to R. J. Palacio at her website to engage with the author.
- Use this Interview with R. J. Palacio from NPR in the classroom and talk about how small moments in life can truly inspire us to make something great.
- Join the Choose Kind movement with your school, and choose kindness toward all.