Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wonder - Pages 294-315, The End

The graduation program includes three songs. One previously mentioned ("Light and Day"), one traditional song (Pachelbel's "Canon in D"), and one of my personal favorites ("Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie).




In his commencement speech, Mr. Tushman quotes three authors. I'm only including the first of the three quotes here, just in case one of them might give away something from the story. The first quote is from J. M. Barrie who wrote Peter Pan. The quote Mr. Tushman uses, however, is from the book The Little White Bird. Here is J. M. Barrie along with the quote from the original text.



Mr. Tushman's second quote is from Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan. Christopher Nolan was born with cerebral palsy and could only move his head and eyes, yet he wrote award winning books and was first published at the age of fifteen. Here is a picture of him with his book.


Finally, Mr. Tushman quotes Henry Ward Beecher and describes him as a "nineteenth century abolitionist - and a fiery sermonizer for human rights." Their school is named after him. Here is a picture of him as a younger man, followed by an image of a statue of Beecher currently in downtown Brooklyn, New York.



These last images are reversed, but I thought the last one was the best way to end our read aloud. Auggie mentions a red carpet. A red carpet is traditionally used when important people arrive somewhere, like when a president arrives to visit another country. This is a picture of the president of Japan arriving in the United States.


Red carpets are also used for celebrities when they arrive at fancy events like award ceremonies and movie premiers. This is probably the sort of red carpet Auggie is referring to.


And finally ... well ... I'm not even going to introduce this one. I'll just say this: I hope you enjoyed the book, and I especially hope you enjoyed the ending.



*All images linked to their source.

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29 comments:

  1. Thank you so much. We just finished the book Wonder and we did this website every time a new part starts. So i'm so thankful that you made this website.

    - Kolbie Smiley

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  2. Did you think of adding "I'm the Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" by the Magnetic Fields? It's the song Auggie and his dad sing before Auggie's graduation. My students wanted to hear that song, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhO1XlDFqxE

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  3. Yep, I did. You're just in the wrong section! :-)

    http://mrwreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/wonder-pages-275-293.html

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    1. Oops! I missed it! Thanks again so much for your wonderful resources. My students absolutely loved all of them!

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  4. Dear Mr. W...thanks so much for making this website. We just finished the book and enjoyed it very much. Your images helped my students, especially my english language learners, better comprehend the story. You really did a great job!

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  5. I must say that this has been a fantastic tool for me during my Wonder unit. Thanks so much for sharing. Some teachers are so guarded with their material. I greatly appreciate your willingness to give of your hard work and dedication. Thanks so much.

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  6. Wow! This was fantastic. I will be using this with my homeschool book club. Thank you for sharing your hard work like this.

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  7. We just read this book for our Mother Daughter book club. Our meeting is this Friday. Thank you so much for this. You really made an already rich and beautiful book come alive. I will be using much of your resources to help add texture to our discussion. Thank you!!!! Your students are so lucky.

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  8. Mr. W:
    I teach 6th grade and I used this website every time I read to my kids. They LOVED it!! They wanted to read this book instead of going to recess...and that's saying quite a lot for 6th graders ;) Thank you so much for the work you've put into this. It adds so much to the story knowing the background information and references.

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  9. Thank you, Mr. W! My kids and I were so impacted by Wonder and that depth of impact was certainly greater because of all your hard work! My students and I love talking about Mr. W. and we feel like we know you all the way in Denver, CO. Thank you for sharing this with the world and making August come more alive for my students.

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    1. That's awesome. I'm glad and honored that I could be a part of your class!

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  10. Hi Mr. W. U2 wrote a song inspired by Christopher Nolan, it's called Miracle Drug this is the link if you want to include it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b55KkB9dCvw

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  11. I'd like to join the chorus and thank you for all of your work putting this together. "No teacher is an island entire of itself."

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, but more importantly, thanks for sharing such a great book with your students.

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  12. Thank you so much for posting these! me and my students love wonder and every day after we read we always go to you're blog!

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  13. Hi im a student
    would you like to make another version for the students? cuz many questions are not explained
    thanks:)

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean by another version. If you mean the website, I tried to answer as many questions as I could, but I only gave background information, not clues to the events in the story.

      If you are looking for more Wonder stories that answer questions from the book, you should look for the books 365 Days of Wonder and Auggie & Me. There are A LOT of questions from Wonder answered in those great stories.

      Mr. W.

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  14. Me and my students just finished Wonder and followed along on your website the whole way through! In fact, I couldn't open the book without them redirecting me to your site :) It really helped us make real life connections and was an ever greater help to my ESOL students. We laughed and cried all the way to the end. Thanks for helping make a lifelong impact on my students and help to spread the message of "being kinder than necessary!" xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm still amazed, four years after publishing the resources, that they are used by so many people.

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  15. Do you have a different link to the last video? It says that the content is blocked in this country.

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    1. The Star Wars video? Here's a link to just the music, but not the clip from the movie: https://youtu.be/h5N6_NWtVxY

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  16. Do you have a different link for the actual video that we can use? Is the video working for you?

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    1. Ah! It's not working for me either. The image appeared so I assumed it was still fine. It's a hard video to find due to copyright issues, but I'll see what I can do.

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    2. How is that? Is it working?

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  17. Jack Parker4/3/16, 6:35 PM

    Thank you for an awesome presentaton. I think our class is thoroughly enjoying Wonder

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  18. Thanks so much very helpful our class certainly loved the book and this website

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  19. Thanks so much this book was nice and enjoyable we love this website also my friends and teacher think you did good live it KEEP UP TH GOOD WORK!!!!

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  20. Thanks, Taylor. Glad the website was useful and I'm glad you, your friends, and your teacher liked the book. I think it's spectacular.

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