Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wonder- R.J. Palacio Novel Unit

Hello, loves!  I've been uber busy with tutoring and working as an aide for the 7th grade special education program at a school near my home.  I have been co-teaching with the special education teacher and was lucky enough (heh, heh) to have the opportunity to create an entire unit plan for the novel she selected to read for this trimester.

The novel is called Wonder and was written by R.J. Palacio.  It is the story of August, a boy with facial deformities, as he leaves the world of homeschooling and enters school with "normal" kids.  The story is told from multiple points of view, creating a big picture of what life is like for these characters.

In my unit, I have included vocabulary, guided reading questions, and an additional activity (vocab practice, writing prompts, drawing, etc.).  The sections are broken down as the narrator in the story changes and an answer key is also included.

Like I said, I've been using this with my 7th grade remedial reading class, but it is appropriate for a 5th-8th grade setting, depending on the class reading level.

This is a wonderful (haha, see what I did there?) story of transformation and acceptance.  My students are truly enjoying it!  Even if you don't end up teaching it, pick it up as a beach read!