Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wonder Read Aloud Resources

As we experienced Wonder by R. J. Palacio as our class read aloud, we used the following pages as a visual guide to the book. Sometimes the images helped us see people or objects or places that were unfamiliar to us. Sometimes the descriptions helped us better understand the significance of an event. Hearing the songs and reading the lyrics helped us understand why they were chosen to introduce different parts.

No, none of it is really needed to read and understand Wonder. Children's imaginations are completely up to the task of creating mental images to match the text they read. But there are certain descriptions, certain situations, where readers deserve to see exactly what Auggie describes to them. If Ms. Petosa looks like Mon Mothma, then let's see Mon Mothma. That's why Auggie gave us that comparison. At the same time, I'll quickly admit that some images were chosen just for fun, hopefully without detracting from the text, and all were chosen with our class in mind first and foremost.

If you are using these pages as you read Wonder, we'd love to hear about your experience. Are the pages helpful? Are they a distraction? Did we miss anything that you or your class feel should have been included? Please leave a comment and we'll be sure to respond.

Here are all the pages:

Wonder - Part One: August

63 comments:

  1. Wow! That is amazing and truly useful. Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing it.

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    1. When you're working with a great book, it's fun to go back through it and find all this stuff. It wasn't hard work at all, and I'm happy to share it.

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  2. Shawna, Weatherford, TX4/3/12, 1:30 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I passed your site along to a teacher who is reading the book to her class and this is what she said, "We LOVE this site! It has made such a sweet addition to the comprehension of all that is in the book! The references are great! Thanks for sharing!"

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    1. Glad it's been a useful resource. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource. I am looking forward to referring to it as my sixth graders experience "Wonder" as a class read aloud this fall!

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  4. Catie Steinmann9/23/12, 2:19 PM

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! I'm reading Wonder to my 5th graders right now and they absolutely LOVE it! Your site is going to enrich the experience of the book so much more! Thank you thank you thank you!
    Catie Steinmann
    Fairview Heights, IL

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  5. Thank you so much for your hard work and research! Our 7th graders will be exploring this site on Wednesday. They are excited to listen to the songs and see what each character chose. We've finished the book, but went too fast, I think - I should've used this site as we were reading! Thank you again!
    Joy Kirr
    Arlington Heights, IL

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  6. WOW - what a wonderful experience we are having with this novel and with your fabulous resources. Thank you! We aren't quite to the end but I was sondering if anyone could suggest successful "projects" or "assessments" they thought were successful with this novel?

    Lisa
    Seneca, SC

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  7. We loved using this as we read the book!

    The 5th Grade at New Hope-Solebury Upper Elementary
    New Hope, PA

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  8. Woo-Hoo! The 5th grade at New Hope-Solebury Upper Elementary is awesome. And they read great books!

    Thanks for your comment.

    Mr. W

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  9. My 5th graders in Akron, Ohio loved the book and all your fantastic resources. Thanks so much for compiling it all. It truly brought the book more to life for them.
    Shelly

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  10. I'm going to start reading this book with my self-contained grade 8 English class. We are reading on iPads using the subtext app. I've linked some of my annotations to your great resources. Thanks for sharing your work. I know it has made my searching much easier.

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  11. do you know if this passage is based on a true story? i am a student and it is part of my research to know also do you know if they are going to make a movie?

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    1. Here's some information about what inspired the story:

      http://www.reading.org/general/Publications/blog/engage/engage-single-post/engage/2012/10/19/5-questions-with-rj-palacio
      http://rjpalacio.com/faqs.html

      And here's what a quick search found about the possibility of a movie:

      http://collider.com/john-august-wonder-adaptation/
      http://www.filmofilia.com/john-august-to-adapt-r-j-palacios-novel-wonder-for-lionsgate-125701/

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  12. Looks like I'm echoing the same sentiment here, but thank you so much for providing this incredible resource. I am reading Wonder with my fifth grade class right now, and this provides excellent context and interactive read aloud capabilities. Thanks again!

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  13. Thanks, Mr. Wilhorn, for this amazing resource. My 6th graders and I begin each shared reading by building background knowledge with your awesome images/video clips. All my students are English language learners and they've commented this step has been great in helping them visualize. From one Wisconsinite to another, THANK YOU!

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  14. Sorry that I haven't kept up on all the comments, but you're welcome. And thanks back to everyone for the kind comments.

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  15. Dear Mr. W,

    Your fantastic slides have added so much depth and cultural context to our reading of Wonder. The pictures, the songs, the film clips (and your humor) became an integral supplement to our reading experience. We loved to gather at the floor under the whiteboard and see what Mr. W had to add to each section of the book. We laughed and sang along with the pictures and music and "wonder"ed about Mr. W and his class. You did offer us a few glimpses :-) Anyway, we are very grateful to you, our virtual friend in Wonder. Your generous sharing of your work is a perfect example of being even "kinder than what is necessary".

    Very gratefully,

    Kyle/ Clara and gang in Room 22

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  16. thanks for the information!

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  17. I am just starting this as a read aloud for my 4th graders. My teaching partner found your pages --- WOW! and thank you! Are you aware of this recent NPR interview with the author? http://www.npr.org/2013/09/12/221005752/how-one-unkind-moment-gave-way-to-wonder
    I love sharing with my students where the ideas for books are born ...

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  18. Thank you for this amazing resource! My 5th graders love this book!

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  19. What a wonderful resource! I think my kids look forward to a new section so they can view what you have posted. Thank you! Thank You!

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  20. Thank You this is amazing I have been looking for a wonder audio book

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    1. I'm not sure if it is available in CD or another format, but I do know that an audiobook is available in iTunes.

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  21. This is amazing and have shared with our book club! Thank you so much for this!

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  22. My kids already love this site!!! Thanks for doing the work for all of us to enjoy!

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  23. Ross Howarth4/15/14, 7:28 PM

    Hello there from New Plymouth in New Zealand. My class of 11 year old girls are loving using your site to make connections from the text to themselves and to the wider world. They have really enjoyed the video clips... we have ended up watching far too much Auggie Doggie cartoons but hey that's a good thing!

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  24. Thank you so much! I'm planning on doing this unit with a middle school ESL class and the visuals are an amazing help to us!!!

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  25. Once again I thank you for this wonderful blog, I am teaching in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and with out this resource my students would have a harder time understanding the book. They love it, especially since it is so well explained.
    If you ever want to visit our warm and Beautiful town, I would gladly invite you to meet my students

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  26. Your website has been absolutely wonderful! I am reading Wonder with my English Language Learners and this has really helped with all of the cultural references that usually we have to skip over or take the time to google. THANK YOU for sharing!!!!! Love it and Love the book.

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  27. Thank you for this wonderful resource. We are a school in Scotland and have read the novel with our Primary 6 pupils (5th grade equivalent) - they absolutely loved it and being able to look at your collection of photos and video clips really enhanced the experience. Thank you so much again! Mrs H, Class Teacher

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  28. New 6th grade teacher needs advice. Would it better serve the students to read the sections before or after looking at the clips? Thanks so much!

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    1. I have only used Wonder as a class read aloud. My practice has been to open the post with that day's resources and display it with the projector. Then I either present each entry before reading or just after. It depends on the information. For example, I'd use the song videos to preview a section before reading, however, the images of E.T. dressed up or the information about the plague would be something I would share after reading it in the text.

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    2. I am hesitant however that this novel may not be rigorous enough for 6th grade. Any thoughts?

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    3. It depends on what you want to be rigorous. Are you looking for challenging text for your students? If so, based on a general range of ability in a sixth grade class, Wonder will be easy for 1/3, just right for 1/3, and challenging for 1/3. (Even that's not a great way to look at it. Rigorous doesn't mean difficult.)

      If you are looking for rigorous discussion, then it will certainly help you facilitate that in your classroom. Students can dig deeply in to bullying, differences, friendship ... the list goes on. This can then lead to action - how can students use these lessons in their relationships, classroom, school, town, or world? That's where rigorous work can take place, and I think Wonder can be a great springboard to it.

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  29. So excited to find this resource. I will be reading this with my 7th and 8th grade students, and they will be leading their own student book clubs later this year. I am so excited to find this to support our work!

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    1. I'm glad it will be helpful to you and your students.

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  30. it helps me undersatnd the book wonder more

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  31. I have read this book to my middle schoolers for the last couple of years. Finding your website will help my students understand many of the elements that I tried to explain or did a poor job of representing. Thank you so much for your hard work.

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    1. So glad it's been helpful for you!

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  32. I work with special education and abstract thinking is very difficult. This was a wonderful tool!!!
    Thank you!!!

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    1. So glad it was useful to you and your students.

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  33. This is so helpful. Thank you.

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  34. Thank you so very much!
    There were some references that I didn't even catch

    Best,
    A new fifth grade teacher in Darlington, SC😀

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  35. Thank you so very much for this post!
    Best,
    A new teacher fifth grade teacher from Darlington SC.

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  36. I have no words to express how excited I am to find your website! I just found this treasure of a book and can't wait to use it in my 4th grade classroom next year. Your website is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!

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  37. I received the book from a parent as a welcome back to school gift. I have spent this weekend reading it. What an amazing book!!!! My class is reading Esperanza Rising and I can't wait till we are finished so we can start Wonder! Thank you for such amazing resources!!!! I am so excited to see how this book changes my learners' lives!!!

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  38. Thank you so much!! You're an amazing teacher!!

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    1. You are welcome. Glad the resources are helpful.

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  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! These are EXCELLENT resources!!

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  40. Our grade 4/5 class used your resource as we read Wonder. They were so inspired we have started our own website for our next read aloud "I am Malala". https://sites.google.com/a/ugcloud.ca/superclassresources/
    Thanks for inspiring my class!

    Ms. Merrett

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    1. This. Is. Awesome. You started your own website?!? I've already bookmarked it and look forward to visiting every once in a while to see what reading you are up to. Thanks so much for using my site as you read Wonder. I'm glad it was a helpful resource for you!

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  41. best book ever:)

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  42. My class love your site! Thankyou for all your hard work :)
    4/5H, Newcastle, Australia.

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  43. Hi there from Eskdale School, Napier, New Zealand. We are a class of year 7 & 8's (10-12 year olds). We have just finished reading Wonder as a read aloud. It was an inspirational book! It was great to be able to use your references for each of the sections. We have learnt alot and it has really helped the book come alive for us. "Your deeds are your monuments!" Thanks from "Kereru Class"

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  44. Thank you so much for your inspirational initiative. This page is amazing.

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  45. Found your page two years ago, have used it each year now. Thanks so much for sharing it with us all. So much work and love.

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  46. awsome book really should read it

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  47. Check out the wiki dedicated to Wonder at http://rj-palacios-wonder.wikia.com/wiki/! Follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/WonderWikia.

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  48. I've used your site 3 years in a row for our class read-a-loud of Wonder. Thank you! My kids love Mr. W! My principal always thinks I'M awesome when he sees me utilizing your links.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It amazes me that the resources I created nearly 5 years ago are still being utilized by so many teachers and students.

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