Thursday, March 1, 2012

Wonder - Part One: August


Wonder by Natalie Merchant

Doctors have come from distant cities just to see me.
Stand over my bed, disbelieving what they're seeing.

They say I must be one of the wonders of god's own creation.
And as far as they see they can offer no explanation.

Newspapers ask intimate questions, want confessions.
They reach into my head to steal the glory of my story.

They say I must be one of the wonders of god's own creation.
And as far as they see they can offer no explanation.

O, I believe fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my cradle,
Know this child will be able. Laughed as my body she lifted, 
Know this child will be gifted with love, with patience and with faith.
She'll make her way.

People see me, I'm a challenge to your balance.
I'm over your heads, how I confound you and astound you
To know I must be one of the wonders of god's own creation.
And as far as you can see you can offer me no explanation.

O, I believe fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my cradle.
Know this child will be able. Laughed as she came to my mother,
Know this child will not suffer, Laughed as my body she lifted,
Know this child will be gifted with love, with patience and with faith.
She'll make her way.

Continue to pages 1-26.

49 comments:

  1. Mr. Wilhorn, thank you for this fabulous resource!! There are six classes reading Wonder at my school and they all find your work amazing. We all so appreciate that you've shared your research with us!!

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  2. Agreed, Wow I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon your site. I can't thank you enough for sharing. My sixth graders will be turning to your site frequently.

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  3. Thank you so much for this Wonderful resource (nice pun, huh?) I am starting the read aloud with my grade 7 students today, 10/13/12. I'll keep you posted!

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  4. Mr. Wilhorn, you really have added so much to this story and the impact that this book already is making that you can possibly know. My students and I thank you with all our hearts!

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  5. You are welcome. I still can't believe that resources I created for my students have been so widely used and found to be so helpful by so many. I'm honored. Thanks.

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  6. Thank you so much! I have started the book with my 5th graders today, 1-7-13. It is such a great resource you created.

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  7. The is such a fantastic find. My class will be yet another thankful for all the hard work you have put in!

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  8. Can't express how much I appreciate all your hard work!!!!!!

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    1. This song is sad and the book is sad and funny

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    2. I like the book Wonder because Auggie is so funny in the story.

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    3. i know right best book ever

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  9. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing your resources!

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  10. This site is great! Thanks, Homeschooler Parent

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  11. Absoluely wonderful resources for this outstanding novel. Thank you so much.

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  12. How WONDERfully this song pairs with the book. A whole new meaning to this song for me. I am totally brought to tears. This book seriously changed my life view. Thank you for showing this and thank you Natalie for writing such a beautiful song.

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  13. LOVE this thank you so very much for sharing.

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  14. such a beautiful song!!!!!!!!!!! It makes me wanna cry!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Thank you for this extraordinary resource! I'm not a teacher but my teacher uses this and she likes it very much! I like it a lot because it helps visualize the book and kind of bring it to life! I am in fifth grade and my teacher reads Wonder by R.J Palacio aloud to our class! I love the book and this site! Thank you very much for linking the videos and for making it easier because my teacher cant go on YouTube so the way you linked the vides really helped! I love also how you linked the pages so that having to click on the page did not interfere with our focus and concentration! Thank you very very much and also can you do one on Princess Academy by Shannon Hale? Its a great book! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the compliments. I'm glad you like using the images and videos with the book.

      As for making a resource like this for Princess Academy, that would be kind of hard. Where would we find pictures of Mount Eskel or other places in the book? You are right, however. It is a great book!

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  16. Excellent resource! Thank you!

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  17. amazing book i love it

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  18. I am a Teacher Librarian and I look forward to sharing your site with my Literature Circle members this coming year. It really is an amazing resources to support the study of this great book. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

    Mrs. Sanita

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  19. Hi Mr. Wilhorn,
    Our class just finished reading Wonder, and the Julian chapter. We really loved the book and your blog. The pictures really helped our class understand what was going on and gave us a good way to visualize what was happening in the book. We just wanted to tell you that we appreciate this wonderful resource that you created. Thanks,
    Mr. Crane's grade 4/5 class.

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    1. I'm so glad the site was a valuable resource for you and your class, Mr. Crane. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment to let me know.

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  20. I liked it, although I am a student. Lol.

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  21. That was really beautiful. I often feel that songs reflect well on books and this was no exception. Natalie Merchant was, once again, amazing.

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  22. I really thought this song was great.

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  23. I am a special education teacher at the high school level. My kids read at levels that range from K-9th grade. We have begun reading this book as a group and I can honestly say that they have really taken to it. For me it has been a challenge to generate material that supports all of their academic needs. This website has been an invaluable resource to my class and I. I cannot thank you enough for putting it all together! Thank you Thank You Thank You!

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    1. I'm so happy it's a valuable resource. I'm continually amazed that something I put together for my class is being used by so many other people. Thank you!

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  24. I received the book as a gift from a parent. I spent all weekend reading it and am in love with the book! Thank you so much for all of these amazing resources. My class is reading Esperanza Rising right now and I can't wait till we are finished so that we can start Wonder! I can't wait to see how it changes their lives! Thank you again!!

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  25. My teacher said before she played this song that she might cry...she did.

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    1. That's because she knows that all of her students are Wonders, even if you all don't see it for yourselves.

      Yet.

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  26. I am a new teacher and plan on reading wonder to my students to start the year off. I love your resource but was wondering how you would present this to your students?? Do you read the chapters 1st? Then go through the visuals?? Would love to know how you and others have used it??

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    1. Most of the time I share items as I read. If something can be shared quickly (like red converse shoes or light sabers) I'll quickly scroll down so the image is visible on the projector, barely taking a break from the reading. I rarely, however, stop reading when something is mentioned. Additional sharing and discussion will happen at natural breaks in the text like between chapters and sections. The introductions to each section with songs lyrics or book excerpts are always presented and discussed before reading.

      Hope that helps.

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  27. The book Wonder is so funny because Auggie always laughs about his jokes with his friends a lot.

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  28. Mr. Wilhorn, I am in the process of creating a Hyperdoc for my students for September. I would like use some of your Wonder resource pages as links. I will give you full credit. Please let me know of this is okay with you!

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    1. Yes, that would be fine, and I'd love to see the finished product.

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  29. Hi,

    Thank you for all of your hard work putting this together - a great resource for a great book!
    As I prepare to review proper nouns I had a question about the song lyrics from Natalie Merchant's song. I noticed that God was written with a lowercase g as "god". I want to instruct my students that specific names of people are capitalized. Was that just a typo?

    Thanks,

    Mr. D

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    1. I remember thinking about that when I posted it. I found the lyrics online and copied/pasted them into the post. I noticed the small G and simply thought, "That's the way I found it so that's the way I'll leave it." Now that I re-Google the lyrics, I notice a pretty even split between capital and lowercase G. Also (and I don't have my copy of the book handy) I believe it is lowercase in the opening of the book, so I wanted to match that.

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  30. this is a reely nice book

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  31. Mr. W, my students absolutely love all of the connections you help them make. We read Wonder last year, and we are starting on the Julian Chapter this year. My students can't wait to see the movie that comes out in April of 2017. That will definitely be a field trip!

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  32. this is so good i love the book

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  33. thank you
    very encouraging

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  34. thank you for this amazing source i love it the book is awsome this song is also amazing

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