Wonder Unit Plan - R.J. Palacio Novel Study Reading Unit - Digital Version

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Wonder Digital Unit Plan includes everything you need to teach Wonder by R.J. Palacio. With more than 250 digital slides of content, there will be absolutely no prep required. This digital novel unit includes eye-catching Google Slides, digital assignments, questions, vocabulary, Google Forms quizzes, and digital class activities. You will have everything you need to make your students fall in love with Wonder!

This is a Google-compatible activity, and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or for online education.

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Included in This Digital Wonder Unit Plan:

➡️ Wonder Google Slides Presentation: Start your Wonder unit plan with this interactive Google Slides presentation that includes pre-reading discussion questions, an interactive class activity, a biography of R.J. Palacio, a fun review quiz, a video, and background information on the novel.

➡️ Wonder Hashtag of the Week Posters: Use this digital display to brighten up your classroom during your Wonder unit. Display the"Wonder Hashtag of The Week/Day" slide that includes inspiring quotes from the novel as students enter. The hashtag (#) will tell your students which character said the quote and a response assignment is included.

➡️ Wonder Digital Summary Cards: These digital summary cards are an excellent classroom reference for both teacher and student. These 9 slides outline the most important plot moments from Wonder. Simply share the cards, and you have a resource available that can be used as a tool for struggling readers, as a quick way to find plot moments, or as a tool to find text evidence during essay writing.

➡️ Wonder Quizzes: These short Google Forms assessments are perfect as a quick check for student comprehension. Included are nine quizzes to assess student comprehension of the novel. Each quiz includes six self-grading multiple-choice questions and two quotes that students must respond to by sharing context. For each quote, students are required to explain what is happening at that point in the plot with any relevant information. Detailed answer keys are included.

➡️ Wonder Vocabulary Digital Booklet and Google Slides: Help students learn new vocabulary words from the novel with this ready-to-use resource. This resource helps students hone their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of new words as they are used within the novel. Included is a vocabulary digital booklet organized by novel parts where students read the new word in a quote from the novel and infer its meaning. Then, they look up the definition to see if they were correct. Presentation slides are included for easy class review or grading.

➡️ Wonder Questions and Answers: This resource includes novel reading questions organized by parts of the novel that include comprehension and making connection questions. Google Slides are included to review the answers with students. The answers are detailed and include text evidence for support.

➡️ Wonder Analysis Notes: These 26 Google Slides share some of the most important literary elements in the novel organized by novel parts. The notes address characterization, theme, conflict, and more. The notes can be used for students to take notes on, or they can be used as discussion starters. After using this presentation, your students will have a much deeper understanding of the novel.

➡️ Wonder Figurative Language: Help your students understand common literary devices with these fun digital figurative language assignments. This resource includes three figurative language labeling worksheets with examples from the novel. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.

➡️ Wonder - Video Clips: Help your students make connections to the novel with these video journals. Students will watch a short video clip on YouTube that relates to a topic, theme, or idea presented in the novel. A related journal prompt is included and students share their thoughts and ideas in writing. The videos are not specific to the novel, but they relate in a way that allows students to make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection. YouTube is required.

This Digital Wonder Unit Plan also includes creative assignments and activities for each part of the novel. You can learn more about what's included below:

Part 1

➡️ Wonder Allusion Web Quest:
Before students begin the novel, help them understand the allusions made in the novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The author incorporated many different allusions and references in the novel like Doogie Howser, Mr. T, Pac-Man, and much more! Help your students build their context of these references by having them research the allusions made in the text!

➡️ Advice for August: This creative digital assignment will allow your students to take on the perspective of different characters. In the novel, August feels completely betrayed by Jack at the end of part 1 and does not want to return to school. This assignment will have students take on the perspective of other characters to give advice to August in this situation.

Part 2

➡️ Via's Diary: In part 2 of the novel, the reader learns a great deal about Via. Have students use this digital character assignment to put Via's thoughts and feelings into writing with a diary entry from her perspective. Also included is a digital poster so you can easily print to display completed student work on a bulletin in your class or hallway. This assignment allows for a creative way to show character analysis!

Part 3

➡️ Summer's Acts of Kindness Activity:
In part 3 of the novel, Summer sees August sitting alone and decides to sit with him. This random act of kindness leads to a strong friendship that remains throughout the novel. Help students bring this element of the novel into their own lives by completing their own kind act.

Part 4

➡️ Jack's Lyrical Connections: Help your students make text connections with this creative digital assignment where they find connections between song lyrics and themes and ideas that emerge in Wonder. The assignment allows students to use their analysis and critical thinking skills to apply song lyrics to themes and content from the plot, characters, conflict, and mood of the novel.

Part 5

➡️ Justin's Internet History: Students imagine they have the ability to check Justin’s Internet history and discuss which websites he has visited to demonstrate character analysis.

Part 6

➡️ Mr. Brown's Precepts: Share Mr. Brown's Precepts with these digital posters. In the novel, Mr. Brown shares ten thought-provoking quotes, and these posters allow you to share them with your students in a fun and creative way. Also included is a fun activity where students write their own precepts and display them in the classroom!

Part 7

➡️ Wonder Self-Portraits: In the novel, there are illustrations and quotes at the beginning of each new part to represent different characters in the novel. Students will make a connection to this by creating their own digital self-portraits inspired by the illustrations in the novel. They will also write a quote that represents them.

Part 8

➡️ Astronaut Helmet Symbolism: In the novel, August's helmet holds different meanings for different characters in the novel. This graphic organizer has students refer back to the text to consider the symbolism of the astronaut helmet to four different characters in the novel. A detailed answer key is also provided for easy grading or class review!

Post Reading:

➡️ Wonder Plot Diagram: Students complete a plot diagram template with information from the novel.

➡️ Wonder Final Projects: End your unit for Wonder by R.J. Palacio with these high-interest final digital project ideas! Students can choose to write poetry, create a novel soundtrack, write an extra chapter, design a comic strip, write diary entries, record a podcast, or film a scene from the novel.

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