Exploring the themes of Wonder

Exploring the themes of Wonder

Thanksgiving is about more than just turkey and football; it is also about reflecting on all the gifts we have been given and all we have to give to others. As a perfect kickoff to the upcoming holiday, the 5th grade class, accompanied by Mrs. Carrellas, Ms. Dunlap, and Mrs. Huth, went to see Wonder, a film based on R.J. Palacio’s bestselling novel of the same name. 

Born with genetic facial differences, 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, the main character, navigates being a middle schooler in a new school and all the bumps that come along with it.  5th grade students began this school year by studying the novel in English class and discussing its major themes, including:

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  • Courage
  • Kindness
  • Perseverance
  • Compassion
  • Acceptance   

This study set the tone for their middle school experience and helped them learn how to p ractice empathy for those with different life experiences. 

Just like the book, the movie is one that stays with you long after you are finished with it. The 5th graders and their teachers laughed, cried, and cheered throughout Auggie’s journey. On the way home from the theater, many students expressed their ideas about the key differences between the book and the movie, but one fact remained clear: they were inspired by this powerful story.

If you have the choice between choosing right and choosing kind, choose kind.
— Dr. Wayne W. Dryer

After viewing Wonder, the 5th graders departed for Thanksgiving break ready to choose kind and show appreciation for all the “wonders” in their lives!

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