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Mrs. Mason from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Kindness and Tolerance with Wonder by R.J. Palacio

My students need 35 copies of the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

  • $516 goal

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My Students

I teach a very diverse group of students. This year I am teaching three sections of English Language Arts (special education, developmental, and accelerated). Their academic levels are not the only thing that is different about them. They all come from very different backgrounds. The location of my school is very unique. It is located where the suburbs meet the city. Most of the students in my special education class and developmental class live in low-income housing and live below the poverty line. Whereas, my accelerated students have all known each other from a young age and most grew up in the same affluent neighborhood.

My students are great people and have so much potential; I want to take advantage of their kind hearts and help them to grow through literature.

The way my students interact with people in their cliques versus people who are not is terribly different. They are capable of being empathetic with people that they identify with, but not with others. As different as my students are, this seems to be one of the few constants among them.

My Project

The reason they are able to be empathetic towards people they identify with is because they know what those kids are experiencing in their personal lives. I believe that the novel Wonder will show them that even though someone looks different than you, they have struggles just like you do. The main character Auggie looks different than everyone else at his school so he is judged harshly and ridiculed. When reading the book they will learn that Auggie is brave, smart, and kind. I want them to reflect on past experiences. A lot of my students wouldn’t befriend Auggie because of his differences. Therefore, they would never know what kind of person he is. I believe this book will teach them many valuable lessons that are imperative- not only in their middle school careers, but in life.

I believe that these universal themes are important to everyone, but they are especially important to students making the transition into middle school.

This book is very fitting due to the fact the plot of the story begins with Auggie attending his first year of middle school.

In addition to the emotional and social benefits of the book, it is also going to push my students academically as well. This novel is written in first person point of view. It is very unique because each part of the story is told by a different character in the novel. It is a great tool to teach point of view, writing styles, plot, figurative language, and much more.

Mrs. Mason
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.19 35 $356.65
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11

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