WONDER BY R.J. PALACIO UNIT PLAN
This Wonder unit plan has everything you will need to teach R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel. With over 250 pages/slides of eye-catching Powerpoint presentations, printable assignments, questions, vocabulary, video journals and fun class activities, you will have everything you need to make your students fall in love with Wonder!
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Below is a detailed list of what is included in your Wonder unit plan (Click titles for more information).
CLASSROOM SET UP MATERIALS
WONDER HASHTAG OF THE WEEK:
→ Use this classroom interactive bulletin board display to brighten up your classroom while you read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Create a "Wonder Hashtag of The Week/Day" board that includes inspiring quotes from the novel. The hashtag (#) will tell your students which character said the quote.
WHY I THINK YOU ARE WONDERFUL:
→ Have students write positive messages to each other and put them in a labelled jar/box in your classroom
MR BROWN'S PRECEPT POSTERS
→ 10 Beautiful posters with each of Mr. Browne's precepts!
* Also included are Wonder inspired bookmarks to give to your students as a gift or as a reward for kindness!
→ Introduce the novel with this interactive Powerpoint presentation (11 slides). The presentation includes fun pre-reading discussion, a short interactive class activity, an author biography, videos, and background information on the novel.
CHAPTER SUMMARY CARDS:
→ Use these chapter summary cards as both a reference and as a resource to help your students. Included in your purchase are 9 printable summary cards divided by the 8 parts from the novel (part 1 is divided in half). Simply print, cut, and you have a resource available that can be used by any student in the class.
READING QUIZZES WITH ANSWER KEYS:
→ These 9 reading quizzes include multiple choice questions which demonstrate student understanding of the novel. Also included on each quiz are 2 quotes which show plot or character development. Students are required to explain what is happening at this particular part of the plot and what characters are involved. A detailed answer key is included for each!
VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT RESOURCES:
→ Have students practice determining the meaning of words by using context. Included is a Powerpoint presentation to teach students how to determine the meaning of words in context, a Wonder vocabulary booklet for students with quotes from the novel that use challenging vocabulary, and a presentation to go over each of the vocabulary words with synonyms/definitions for students to easily understand the new terms
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
→ Have your students demonstrate their reading comprehension with this ready-to-use resource! Included is a student handout with reading questions– A ready-to-print set of reading questions that include both basic comprehension questions and ‘Making Connections’ questions. A presentation is also included for easy review!
→ Review the most important aspects of the novel with this 26 slide Powerpoint presentation. The notes discuss some of the most important aspects organized by the 8 parts of the novel. The notes address characterization, theme, conflict, and more! Your students will have a deeper understanding of the novel after you use this resource!
→ Included is a powerpoint with links to 8 videos which connect to each part of the novel. Please note that the videos are not about the novel specifically, but connect to something that happens in the chapters in either content or theme. This allows students to consider how the content or themes from the novel connect to the world today. YouTube is required.
IN CLASS ACTIVITIES:
PART 1 ADVICE FOR AUGUST:
Students give advice to August from different characters’ perspective after he overhears Jack’s hurtful comments.
PART 2 VIA'S DIARY:
Students write a diary entry from Via’s perspective.
PART 3 SUMMER ACTS OF KINDNESS:
Students spread kindness in the school with a random act of kindness activity.
PART 4 JACK LYRICAL CONNECTIONS:
Students listen to songs and watch music videos which relate to the novel and make lyrical connections.
PART 5 JUSTIN INTERNET HISTORY:
Students pretend to check Justin’s Internet history and discuss which websites he has visited to demonstrate character analysis.
PART 5 AUGUST HEARING LOSS ACTIVITY:
Students complete a short activity to empathize with someone who is deaf or has hearing loss.
PART 6 MIRANDA WONDER SELF-PORTRAITS:
Students create a Wonder Self Portrait in the style of the illustrations used in the novel.
PART 8 AUGUST ACTIVITIES:
PRECEPT POST CARD
WONDER PLOT DIAGRAM
ASTRONAUT HELMET SYMBOLISM
Students send a precept postcard to Mr. Browne, examine the astronaut helmet as a symbol, and show their understanding of the plot diagram.
→ This resource includes three figurative language labeling worksheets with examples from the novel. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.
FINAL CREATIVE PROJECT:
• Students complete a variety of assignments to turn the novel Wonder into a movie! Below is a list of the included assignments that make up the project:
→ To The Movie Producer
→ Wonder Casting Call
→ On Set!
→ Red Carpet Interview
→ Movie Poster
→ Costume Designer
→ Composition and Score
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