Experienced reading teachers know that a compelling and expertly-crafted book can make teaching Literacy a thrilling experience. Students become engaged, are quick to debate one another, write passionately, and even see the world in new ways. In my years of teaching, books like Number the Stars and The Skin I’m In have been able to meet this mark. However, the most powerful book that I have ever read with students was Wonder.
For those of you who have not read Wonder, it’s the story of a 10 year-old named Auggie, a boy with a craniofacial deformity, who is just about to start his first year of school. During this first year of school, he must overcome his own self-doubt, bullying and loneliness in order to prevail. The author, R.J. Palacio masterfully weaves together the narratives of not only Auggie but five other characters as she tells the story of Auggie’s fifth grade year.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the book, and my own amazing experiences reading the book with my middle schoolers, Matt and I decided to create several products to support your teaching of the text. The product we’re launching today is an easy-to-use question guide that asks 54 of the most important questions in the text. The questions come in worksheet form and you can give them directly to students. Of course, we also included an answer guide for teachers. While the text could be used to teach many different skills, Matt and I tried to restrict our questions to internal and external conflicts and character perspective.