Literature Circle: Wonder – Wednesday – Winter 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 4 – 6
Wednesday, January 11 2023 @ 3:00PM – Wednesday, March 22 2023 @ 4:30PM EST
Grade/Level:4 – 6
Day of Week:Wednesday
Class Times:3:00PM – 4:30PM (ET)
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 Auggie’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. Finally, within each class there will be a creative element for those who express themselves better creatively!
What is a Literature Circle?
In literature circles, small groups of students gather 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.
The class will be a combination of reading comprehension review, in class journal writing/freewrite, vocabulary, discussion, and creative assignments.
Students will receive approximately one to two hours of homework weekly.
NOTE: Registration deadline is December 15, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.
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