Wonder By R.J. Palacio Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Wonder' is a children's novel by R.J. Palacio about a 10-year-old boy who was born with a genetic abnormality that affects his middle school experience. This unit plan is designed to help with lesson planning around this novel.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a coming of age novel about family, friendship, and appearances. August Pullman, the protagonist, is entering school for the first time as a middle school student living with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes facial deformities. Auggie is able to make some friends, but also endures bullying and betrayals that students will find relatable. This unit plan supports the development of instruction of this novel in middle school classrooms.


Before reading the novel, students may choose from a variety of Pre-Reading Activities for Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Students will participate in activities that help them gauge how people respond to people who are different, identify their own uniqueness, learn about craniofacial abnormalities, and choose to be kind. Each of these activities will help students make connections to the characters and themes in this book.


As students read the novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio Discussion Questions will guide students to think through the main events in the book and reflect on some of its overarching themes. Teachers may want to pull from these questions to use as a written assessment at the conclusion of this novel study.

R.J. Palacio's Wonder Lesson Plan helps students identify main points and key details from the text to create a comprehensive summary. Students will also analyze the characters as they read a text lesson, create visuals, and participate in a collaborative writing activities about the novel.

Students can expand on their comprehension of the text by engaging in Wonder By R.J. Palacio Activities. These activities will encourage students to further research craniofacial abnormalities, visualize August Pullman, and play a competitive game that enables them to reflect on the characters in Wonder. These activities may be adapted and used as an evaluative tool at the conclusion of the unit.

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