Wonder. That one word can have a profound impact on your classroom just by reading one simple book. Author RJ Palacio has transformed how conversations can be held openly in classrooms about how children are treated in school.
School can be tough for kids. The increased demand and rigor of how academics are now taught to children requires perseverance and resilience on their part. On top of that, children can be judgmental about others based on a variety of factors. This is where literature can be used to help students to understand that
The main character in the book Wonder, August, has faced discrimination his whole life due to his facial deformity. This book tackles the issue of how a child like him is treated in a school setting. It tugs at the heart strings because the book not only dives into Auggie’s thoughts and perceptions, but also the people close to him as well. It leaves the reader rooting for him throughout the story.
This novel is a great choice for teachers to read aloud to their students. Not only can various reading strategies be taught throughout the unit (predicting, inference, connections, point of view, and theme to name a few), but also the message of “choose kind.” It is our job as educators to teach children kindness towards one another, and this book is a great example to use.