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You can purchase the literature guide PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type game for Wonder for immediate download for only $19.95!
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by R. J. Palacio
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
Hardcover Book
Kindle Edition
Audible Edition

If you had, by chance, bumped into August in a hallway, you would most likely have screamed, or gasped, or yelled in fright. Little children who saw August ran, frightened, to their mothers. In some ways, August was an ordinary 10-year-old boy, but he did not look like an ordinary 10-year-old boy. Because of a genetic mutation, August was born with a grossly disfigured face. What is there about inheritance that could have caused this handicap?

Homeschooled in a loving, fun family until he was 10-years-old, August loved to learn and voraciously devoured science and other subjects. Then, when he was ten, he went to school for the first time. August was a fifth grader.

What would happen when the kids at Henry Ward Beecher Prep School saw August? How would August handle their stares, their whispers, their gasps, their taunts? Could you be friends with him? You will get to know August in Wonder. You'll get to see him through the eyes of his classmates. Will you be one who sees through his deformed face to know his humor, intelligence, and kindness in his heart? August is not the only one who is changed by his first year in school. You may be, too.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio will invite you to decide if August is an unusually nice, intelligent guy or a grotesque freak. Will you see August with your heart or with your eyes?

This novel can become the cornerstone for helping your students develop the foundational character trait, empathy or compassion, the trait upon which all other character traits are built. The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic growth for every classroom. It is an essential part of every home and school library. You will want this Kids Wings literature guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel! If you order now, you can save on each hardcover book.

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Discussion Questions

Wonder by Natalie Merchant
--The Inspiration for the Book
Dad and August sing this song in the car: I'm the Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side Cause I Got Wheels and You Want to Go for a Ride

Help Readers Love Reading, Allusions in the Story

PBS Bullying Lessons
Dealing With Bullies
Stop Bullying
What You Can Do


Treacher-Collins Syndrome
A Kids' Guide to DNA
Genetic Engineering
DNA the Instruction Manual of Life

DNA Determines Your Appearance, A Simulation
Mendel's Genetics

Your DNA and Your Traits
Punnett Square: Possibilities of Inheritance
What is my animal DNA? A Personality Test

Old Mother Flannigan on the hardanger fiddle

Devil's Dream
Fiddle and Dance

Wonder Reminds Us That Kindness Makes the World Go Round

Children and Pet Loss

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A Mother Introduces Her "Wonder"

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Kids Wings Quotes
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Quotes to memorize:

"These children are a reminder that our job as parents, teachers, and elders is not to smooth the way, but to teach a child to walk safely in rough places. " Leonard Pitts

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Holy Bible, Matthew 5:5-10

"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” José N. Harris, MI VIDA

You can purchase the literature guide PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type game for Wonder for immediate download for only $19.95!
Click Here to Purchase and Download from Teachers Pay Teachers

A Kids Wings 52-page Literature Guide includes a 53-Slide interactive Jeopardy-type game that can be played on your computer or electronic board. It's perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic board. Wonder by R. J. Palacio is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
2-page Readers' Theater Introduction
Map Study Anticipation Guide
Thinking Pages: Journaling
8 Parts: Vocabulary -Read-Predict-Confirm Chapter Questions-Quick Writes
Character Studies
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Check-ups
Visualization Activities (From Words to Pictures)
Mr. Browne's PRECEPTS
Building Character: Scornful or Respectful? A Two-faced Person
Drawing Auggie's Face
Changing Looks, Changing Moods Crossword Puzzle
Research This!
Make A Baby! Beans and Genes!
Is Summer a Saint? Logic Puzzle
Practice Editing the Punctuation and Capitalization
Precepts to Live By
Summarizing Auggie's Narratives
Childhood and Beyond, Crossword Puzzle
Character Report Cards
Comparing and Contrasting Three Characters
Poetry That Grows Out of Experience (Diamante, Couplet, Quantrain)
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game



Wonder by R. J. Palacio is one of the 26 literature guides in Growing Young Americans. While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $19.95, if you order Growing Young Americans, you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school and pay less than $2 a unit in the collection!

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