Wonder by R.J. Palacio
RJ Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder, is the story of a boy named August, known as Auggie, who was born with a facial abnormality. He’s about to start fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and for the first time will go to school with other kids. Even though he knows he looks different, he just wants to be ordinary. Help readers understand what life is like for Auggie, his parents and his sister, Olivia, by using these Book Club lesson plans and set of resources focusing on perspective.
Teach with Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.
Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Wonder by R.J. Palacio:
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 10 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Perspective/Point of View
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Wonder Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for point of view, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Wonder Book Club.
The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.
Point of View can be tricky. Use Wonder by R.J. Palacio and these Book Club resources to show students how to track point of view using a Perspective Chart.
Discussion in this Wonder Book Club meeting focuses on understanding point of view by looking at a character's actions. Author R.J. Palacio details the same event from multiple character's perspectives, allowing the reader to more fully understand the story.
Another aspect to understanding point of view in R.J. Palacio's Wonder is to examine the dialogue. Readers will continue adding to their Perspective Chart; using examples from the text that relate to dialogue.
The well-developed characters in Wonder by R.J. Palacio treat Auggie with empathy at times. Looking at these examples shows the reader important information about the character's perspective.
Readers form an opinion about events in the story based upon the perspective of the character experiencing the event. This Wonder Book Club meeting focuses attention on how a reader's opinion may change as they learn about the event from different characters.
R.J. Palacio varies his writing style to match the characters in Wonder. This discussion focuses on the connection between the author's writing style and the character's perspective.
Careful reading of Wonder will allow students to gather information about a character's point of view by making inferences based on the character's dialogue. This strategy is taught using examples from the text.
During this Book Club meeting, students will discuss how to use a character's perspective to examine conflict in Wonder. R.J. Palacio enhances the reader's understanding of the text by "showing" the conflict from more than one character's perspective.
One of the ways that author R.J. Palacio shares her message in Wonder is through the changing perspective of the main character, Auggie. Using their Perspective Chart, students will identify key moments in the story where Auggie's perspective changed.
As a final Wonder Book Club meeting, student discussion will focus on the author's changing perspective. Further discussion will examine how an author speaks through characters; some of them sharing her point of view and some not.
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with point of view.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students'overall comprehension of Wonder and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Wonder Book Club Resource Set.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Wonder. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Wonder by R.J. Palacio. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Wonder, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Wonder Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
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