Wonder is Wonderful for Teaching Character


Have you ever seen someone that looked “different” and found yourself glancing at that person? Did you wonder what that person’s story was?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a realistic fiction book that you will not want to put down. It tells the story of a boy, August, who was born with facial defects. He was home schooled through fourth grade, and he enters a school environment for the first time in fifth grade. The book is written in sections with each being from a different character’s point of view.

I am planning on starting the school year off reading this book with my class. It’s perfect for teaching about character. We will explore character traits, perspectives, motives, actions and effects on others. I found this great culminating character activity at  Keep ’em Thinking.  I’m looking forward to sharing my students’ finished projects with you when we are done.

Have you read Wonder and/or used it in your classroom?


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