An engaging, student-friendly five-week novel study unit based on Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Everything you need -- ready to print 'n go!
Whether used with whole-class instruction, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for independent reading, this packet is designed to prompt students to think deeply about the text and to show evidence of their thinking.
If your students have not yet read Wonder by R.J. Palacio, this book should be at the top of your priority list for this school year! Wonder is an engaging story that tackles tough subjects with wit and humor. Appropriate for upper elementary, middle school, or struggling readers in high school.
This 46-page product includes:
-A Cover Sheet with Table of Contents
-A 36-page Student Packet
-A 5-week Calendar Sketch
-An explanation of Grading
-A Model Page
-12 pages of Novel Updates and Questions that allow for student choice
-12 in-depth pages on setting, word choice, characterization, voice, metacognition, symbolism, visualization, conflict, opinion, plot diagram, book rating, connections
-2 lengthier writing assignments including explanations of epilogue, playwriting, and theme
-1 page of book recommendations based on Wonder by R.J. Palacio and other realistic fiction authors
-4 Vocabulary pages
-A 2-page ‘Response to Literature’ essay that includes 3 writing prompts to allow for student choice
-An essay Grading Rubric
-A homework-tracking sheet
Additional skills in this packet include identifying and explaining the use of: protagonist, antagonist, tone, problems and resolutions, predictions, sensory details, foreshadowing, flashback, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, and dramatization.
Please note this packet is not intended to be a list of comprehension questions specific to the novel. It is instead designed to foster close reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing by pushing students to move beyond comprehension and delve deeply into understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating. This truly pushes students to show evidence of their thinking while reading, and helps them develop wonderful metacognition skills while preparing them for the close reading and meaningful writing they need to master to succeed on standardized tests.
for inclusive classrooms is built into the product, including definitions of challenging words (i.e.: protagonist, antagonist, dramatization), scaffolded models using a range of reading levels, students’ choice in each journal response, allowing students to draw responses, and more!
You may also be interested in:
Reading Response Journal
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse: Grades 5, 6, 7
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Literature Circle Packet
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