Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wonder - Pages 51-80

When Summer says goodbye to Auggie after school, his mother asks about her. Auggie's mom comments that Summer seems nice and is pretty. Auggie says, "We're kind of like Beauty and the Beast." Most of you are probably familiar with the Disney movie version of Beauty and the Beast, but the story was originally published in the 1700's.


Auggie and his dad call each other "Auggie Doggie" and "dear ol' Dad" after an old cartoon called Auggie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. Might as well see a couple clips (with my apologies for the first one.)

Auggie's mom is reading The Hobbit aloud to him each night. The Hobbit is a classic high fantasy novel published by J. R. R. Tolkein in 1937. The Lord of the Rings is actually a sequel to The Hobbit.

And thanks Mr. Etkin for suggesting The Hobbit movie trailer. Here it is:

"Hey, the truth is, if a Wookiee started going to the school all of a sudden, I'd be curious, I'd probably stare a bit!" Truth is, so would I.

There are a lot of different Wookiees
in the Star Wars world...
...but Chewbacca is the man. Or the Wookiee. Whatever.
He's awesome. (This is Mr. W's opinion. Just sayin'.)
It's not really needed to understand the story, but I can't pass up an opportunity to see the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. That's who Summer was last year for Halloween. And Summer is right. It was a book first, written by L. Frank Baum and originally published in 1900. The author wrote thirteen sequels.

I always thought the Cheese Touch was pretty funny in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But when something similar to the Cheese Touch is going on, and it's for no reason other than because of who a person is, that's another thing completely. And a much less funny thing.

It's not necessary to know the whole history behind the Bleeding Scream costume, but it's nice to get the image in your head so you know what Auggie is talking about. It's become a pretty familiar mask at Halloween. This one includes a pump so fake blood will ooze down the mask.

Students give more comparisons to describe what Auggie looks like. Later, Auggie says he's heard them all before, but what makes these comparisons especially hurtful when he hears them? On Halloween he hears orc, a creature from the Lord of the Rings, and a shrunken head.

When Auggie tells some of the other names he's heard people say about him, he mentions two movie characters. The first is an alien called E.T. (who everyone thought was super-cute and cuddly), and Freddy Krueger, a character from a horror movie (who nobody thought was super-cute or cuddly.)

*All images linked to their source.

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  1. This is such a fantastic resource. Thank you for your hard work!

  2. You're welcome! I'm glad everything has been useful to you.

  3. I just discovered this resource, thanks to a tweet by @JoyKirr! This is the section we are on in my read aloud, so I will use this tomorrow in school. Thanks so much for helping students build background knowledge!


  4. I also saw this tweet and was just thinking the exact thing Denise...background knowledge to help those students connect to this story every step of the way. There are 5 grade 6/7 classes at our school starting this read aloud tomorrow. I am so excited and love all the images and videos...also thank you for taking me back to my childhood after watching Auggie Doggy and Doggy Daddy. There will be many stories told while reading this novel.

  5. Hearing from everyone excited to use the resources is awesome, but knowing that so many people are reading Wonder with students is even better. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    1. Sara Lueth3/5/13, 8:23 PM

      I stumbled across these plans as I will be reading Wonder with my 5th graders starting next week. It's obvious that you have put many hours into this, and it is much appreciated. I look forward to rich discussions with my kiddos...thank YOU!

  6. Thanks for sharing. I didn't even realize all the references in the book (e.g. Auggie doggie). What a great resource this is!

  7. I'm so glad I found this resource. I'm reading this to my class and they love, love, love seeing the images. Thanks for putting all of this together and for sharing!

  8. Thank you for this valuable resource!! We have just started reading Wonder in my 4/5 class, and having these visual references saves me valuable time of looking them up! We had a 10 minute conversation about Doggie Houser!!

  9. so this is an awesome site to come to when i need info i am a 12 year old but thanks for putting your time and work into this!

  10. Melony, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I'm glad these resources are helpful, but I hope you are enjoying the book even more.

    Mr. W.

  11. So good for our EL students to have visuals to go along with the reading. An amazing supplement to our summer program. Thanks!

  12. This is a good website my class uses this all the time for books this time were reading wonder. I wonder whats next

  13. Our class is reading this book. Really great so far, thanks for putting that picture in our heads!

  14. I have enjoyed this book a ton, I am 12 and I have felt joy,sadness etc. while reading wonder,thanks for the awesome info to Mr.W


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