Monday, March 5, 2012

Wonder - Pages 27-50

Charlotte tells Auggie that she was in the school's play the previous year. Oliver! features numerous children as main characters, making it a good option for a school musical.


Via needs to take the "A train down to Eighty-Sixth, then the crosstown bus all the way to the East Side. Takes an hour that way..." Anyone ride the subway or city bus (not the school bus) to school? Here's a picture of the A train and a New York City crosstown bus.

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Auggie doesn't have any experience in school, so on his first day he says he thought Ms. Petosa would look like Miss Fowl from Jimmy Neutron. (He describes Miss Fowl as "an old lady with a big bun on her head.") Instead he realizes that Ms. Petosa looks like Mon Mothma from Star Wars Episode IV.



Here come a couple more Star Wars references. First, Auggie has a small braid in the back of his hair. In class Julian asks him if it's a "Padawan thing." A Padawan is a Jedi apprentice. Here's a picture of young Anakin Skywalker where you can see his Padawan braid.


We also learn that Auggie's favorite character is Jango Fett...


...not to be confused with his son, Boba Fett.


Finally, and probably the most important Star Wars reference in this section, Julian asks Auggie if he likes Darth Sidious. Of course Auggie knows what happens to Darth Sidious in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Why would Julian mention Darth Sidious?


Finally, this is the second time Auggie mentions that he has a cleft palate. Cleft means "split or divided" and your palate is the roof of your mouth. He says that even after two surgeries, he still has a hole in the roof of his mouth, which makes eating rather difficult and messy. He says that when he eats he looks like a tortoise eating. He's not trying to be funny. Just imagine, when describing himself to others, he compares himself to "some prehistoric swamp thing."


*All images linked to their source.

Continue to pages 51-80.

45 comments:

  1. Kathleen Armstrong9/4/12, 1:14 PM

    These notes about Wonder are so helpful to our discussion. Thank you for all your hard work.

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    1. thi book is so good.

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    2. I like this video of the turtle video

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    3. Wonder is a good book

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    4. i love the turtle

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    5. No wonder Wonder is a good book on this great website

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    6. it's not a great website it's an awesome website

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    7. i like the turtle.caden

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    8. wonder is an awesome book!

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  2. Very cool website. Kids loved it. Thanks.

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  3. This is phenomenal - thank you!
    Side note - Mon Mothma only appears in "Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi."

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  4. I love your site! I found this book this summer and love your site to help with the visuals to help them "see" what is being spoken about. Your image of Darth Sidious is not here, any way that can be fixed?

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    1. yes it is

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    2. This website is amazing.

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    3. i love the book it is so good

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    4. Isn't Boba Fett who is Auggie's favorite Character???

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  5. It's on the list. There are a couple other images missing too. Thanks for letting me know.

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  6. So Boss!!!!!!

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  7. My class thought this helped them so sos so so so so so so much thank you Mr.W. BTWs all the girls cried when they say darth sidous:(:(:(:(
    Mrs.R

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    1. I was kinda confused at first because your smiley faces, I mean frowny faces kinda looked liked... whatever you get it right?? :D

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  8. thank you , this is fabulous :0

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  9. cool... Patrick

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  10. I love your website! It helps me understand the book so much better! Thanks Mr.W

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  11. Your notes and pictures are so beneficial to my ESL students. Thank you

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    1. You are very welcome. I'm glad they are helpful.

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  12. awesome turtle video!

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  13. Thank you for this it is very helpful for me to understand what is going on. Its nice to have a visual.

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  14. Tortoise eating sick bro

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    1. And yet this is how Auggie decides to describe himself. Something you and I see as sick or gross is how he sees himself. Think about that.

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  15. awsome book

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  16. why is there so much star wars

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    1. Auggie knows a lot about Star Wars and it is important to him. In order for readers to really get to know a character, it's important to know the things they like. Also, sometimes it's easy to describe something by comparing it to something else that you know really well. (This happens later in the story.)

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  17. Why their 2 much Star wars? we know its Augusts favorite movies and characters? WE ALL KNOW WE ALL KNOW....

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    1. Authors help us get to know characters is a bunch of different ways. Authors also weave certain themes through their books. Star Wars isn't the only reference to space in Wonder. As you read on, watch for more Star Wars references. Also watch for a song that is about space and something Via says about Auggie that has to do with space. There's also a space helmet.

      I wonder why author R. J. Palacio did that?

      What do you think?

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  18. the tortise video is my fav

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  19. Hi!! One of my kids has corrected me and let me know that Boba Fett is Auggie's favorite character...not Jango Fett.

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    1. I am seriously about to read this very section out loud to our fifth graders in like 2 minutes. I'll double check what it says.

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    2. Just got done with the read aloud. On the top of page 44, when Ms. Petosa is leading the homeroom class in introductions, Julian asks "Who's your favorite character?" Auggie says, "Jango Fett."

      But I always want to say Boba Fett too, especially after watching The Mandalorian.

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    3. Okay, so in 25 years of teaching, I've learned that if a kid tells you a fact like this, you should believe him/her. I was SURE it was Jango Fett, and the BOOK said it was Jango Fett, but something still wasn't sitting right.

      So I looked up a transcript of the movie, and Auggie's response to Julian's question IN THE MOVIE is BOBA FETT!!!!!

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