G5-6 Text Set: Wonder

August 30, 2019

When August Pullman’s mom insists he enroll in a mainstream school for fifth grade, August and his dad are reluctant. Auggie was born with a severe facial deformity and has been homeschooled his whole life. His dad worries that sending Auggie to middle school will be like “sending a lamb to the slaughter,” and once he learns the meaning of that phrase, Auggie agrees. Readers learn his story from Auggie, his sister, his classmates, and others. This text set explores the themes of bullying, kindness, and overcoming adversity.

Essential Questions:

1. How can kids overcome adversity?

2. What impact does adversity have on a community?

3. How do authors build characters? What clues do readers look for to better understand characters?

4. How does point of view influence the description of an event?

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