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Literature Circle: Wonder – Grades 4-7 – Spring 2021 – 10 Weeks

Monday, April 5 2021 @ 3:00PM Monday, June 21 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a severe facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.  Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Wonder has been a New York Times bestseller for over 5 years in a row (with over 140 weeks as #1). It’s received numerous national and international awards, including being one of Time magazines 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time (January 2015), and USA Today’s Top 100 bestsellers. It is a book all upper Elementary students should read. Together, we will read, discuss, analyze, write and explore both Ally’s world as well as investigate the truth about others who live with differences. We will focus on the various literary analysis elements such as characters, setting, plot, conflict, climax and resolution. What is a Literature Circle? In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response. Students can expect about 2 hours of homework and reading each week. I would plan on approximately 30 minutes / day. Homework will include vocabulary, reading, comprehension and something creative! NOTE: Registration deadline is March 15, 2021. There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

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Another wonderful experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 24, 2021

We are never disappointed by these classes and this is no exception!! This book sparked some incredible conversations around the diner table and my daughter loved all the opportunities to express her feelings through creativity in the assignments. Miss Eva we adore you!

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Kaleena Amuchastegui

Compassion Meets Literature

Rated 5 out of 5
March 23, 2021

This class goes beyond a normal language arts class. Ms. Eva helped the students explore the conditions that other people their age might find themselves in, while developing empathy for people different from them as well. This was an engaging book with fun, creative assignments and projects to do to. I think even the adults could learn something from this class! This class helped further my daughter’s comprehension skills and I highly recommend it!!

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Monday, April 5 2021 @ 3:00PM EDT
Monday, June 21 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT
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+1 203 741 8570
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3:00PM – 4:30PM (ET)


Eva Goldstein-Meola

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