I am a 5th-grade teacher in California beginning my 18th year of teaching with a class of 32 curious and clever human beings. They are a diverse bunch with unique personalities and interests. A couple of things they all seem to have in common already is a warm heart and a desire to make a difference in the world around them.
With that being said, my students are not immune to the challenges of being a 5th grader in today's complex world.
Like many students their age, they are painfully aware of how they fit or don’t fit, into certain social groups, and they are desperate to connect and find acceptance.
As we embark on the new school year, my goal is to create a community where my learners feel safe, accepted, and willing to take risks.
This class set of Wonder by R.J. Palacio will give my students the opportunity to read a beautiful story of kindness, acceptance, and empathy. With a mixture of humor, sadness, and relatable themes, this developmentally meaningful novel will be one of those books that draws my class in and gives them a reason to keep on reading.
It's the perfect way to begin our deep dive into literature.
As we read Wonder together in class, students will each have an opportunity to analyze the text. We will discover the beauty of the author's craft, witness the power of character development, experience multiple points of view, and discover universal themes that speak to us all.
My hope is that through this shared literacy experience my students will gain an appreciation for great storytelling and learn that "when given the choice between being right or being kind, always choose kind." ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
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