About the story

From BookPal: New York Times bestseller Wonder follows the life of August “Auggie” Pullman, a child born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school – until now. When he starts 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as another ordinary kid, but his new classmates can’t get over his extraordinary face.

This refreshing new narrative of hope is Palacio’s “meditation on kindness.” By using multiple perspectives, Wonder paints a portrait of one community’s struggle with acceptance, compassion and empathy in a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic. Auggie is a diamond in the rough, a hero to root for who proves that if you’re born to stand out, there’s no way you can blend in!

This heart-warming novel is recommended for middle school readers, but is enjoyed by adults and teens alike! Because the book discusses special needs, acceptance and friendship, Wonder is a different kind of coming-of-age novel that will inspire readers of all ages, even those reading at an elementary school level. —BookPal

About the LitWits Mini-Explorer’s Guide 

Experience Wonder with your students in hands-on, meaningful ways! Your kids can “be” Mr. Browne and immortalize a precept in chalk,  prove words can change Auggie’s face, try doing “that look-away thing” to see what gets lost, and earn kindness awards. They can also explain an important idea in writing, script up some nastiness and turn Summery kindness on it, and “picture” the narrative arc! 

This LitWits Mini-Explorer’s Guide is a 40-page PDF. It’s a lesson planning resource ideal for grades 5-8, but it works for mature 4th-graders, too. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Mini-Explorer’s Guide for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is a modern book, and yes, LitWits is all about experiencing old books in hands-on ways. But there’s no question that Wonder is destined to become a classic. It’s already a truly great book, a story that can open up kids’ hearts and eyes for good. So we’ve crossed our boundary of “classic or vintage” to  help you make its valuable lessons stick!

This LitWits Mini-Explorer’s Guide is a 40-page PDF, packed with LitWitty ways to make Wonder an extra memorable, meaningful experience for your kids:

  • hands-on project ideas and instructions
  • creative activity ideas and directions
  • printable templates and materials
  • printable handouts for creative and essay writing
  • printable handout for defining and illustrating the narrative arc

The LitWits Kit for LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott - LitWits Workshops(Teachers, if you need copies of Wonder for your classroom, we recommend BookPal for ordering 25+ on a budget.)

The ideas and materials in this mini-explorer’s guide are best suited for grades 5-8, but they work for mature 4th-graders, too. You know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.)

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  Alignment with Common Core State Standards is included for grades 4-8.

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides and Mini-Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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