Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wonder - Pages 275-293

When Auggie goes to school after the fifth grade trip to the nature reserve, he says there was a shift in the way things were. "A monumental shift. A seismic shift. Maybe even a cosmic shift." Now I can't find any videos that correctly illustrate a cosmic shift, but here's a great example of a seismic shift. Would you say the entire ground moving is a big change?

And now a great quote from Mr. Tushman: "Sometimes a duck is just a duck!" Here's the story he was thinking about when he made that memorable statement.

Mr. Brown's June Precept, the final precept for the school year, comes from a song by The Polyphonic Spree. JUST FOLLOW THE DAY AND REACH FOR THE SUN! is from the song "Light and Day."

Just before the graduation ceremony, Auggie's dad tells him a secret, but then immediately wishes he hadn't said anything. He wants Auggie to keep the secret, but Auggie thinks he might as well try to get a little something out of it. He says he'll keep the secret if he gets the new Xbox when it comes out and his own car in about six years. A red Porsche.

Right after that conversation, Auggie and his dad sing their favorite song. It includes lines like "But I'm the luckiest guy on the Lower East Side, 'cause I got wheels, and you want to go for a ride." The song is by The Magnetic Fields and is titled "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side." So close your eyes and picture Auggie and his dad sitting in the car belting this one out at the top of their lungs.

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Continue to pages 294-315 (the end).


  1. Dear Mr.Wilhorn,
    I sure miss read aloud.Do I get to finish the book when I get back? As much as I miss read aloud...I think that I like Flourda better.

    Your Studet,

  2. this setup is really neat!

  3. Dear Mr. W,
    Thank you for making this website and these slides.
    It helps me understand the book that were reading.


  4. Thank you! This is very helpful

  5. is there the whole book on website?

    1. You are able to purchase various digital versions online, but there is no copy available here.

  6. Hi
    you make me easier to read this book


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