Wonder PowerPoint Slides • This PowerPoint Presentation is a collection of all of the prompts in the Read-Aloud Teacher Guide and Literary Log. • Students could be directed to respond to the writing prompts in their own notebooks or iPads/computers. If using iPads or computers, those Individual Student Responses could easily be emailed to the teacher for viewing and comments. • Each slide is labeled with the titles of each part and includes any pertinent vocabulary that may demand additional explanations or definitions to facilitate comprehension. • Slides are designed to engage students and help them focus on the prompts. Graphics are intended to engage students while providing visual clues to the prompts.
Before Reading Part One… • Look at the caricature: Who do you think it is? Does the caricature give you any clues to the character it represents? • Who is Fate? • What do you think destiny means?
Fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my cradle… --Natalie Merchant (p. 2) • What does this quote mean to you?
Ordinary about me Not ordinary about me
Have you or anyone you know had surgery? • What do you remember about it?
Have you had any friends like August’s friends? • Why didn’t August go to school until the fifth grade?
Did you think August’s story about his birth was funny? • Why or why not?
When should kids have the right to make an important decision like August’s going to school?
Do you think August’s parents should have told him about their decision to find a school for him? • Why is Tushman a funny name? What do the words tush, behind, rear-ended, and bum have in common?
Who do you know who is like Mrs. Garcia? • What kind of handshake do you have? Turn to an elbow partner and shake hands. • What do you think you can tell from a handshake?
Do you agree with August when he said little kids don’t try to hurt your feelings, because they don’t always know what they’re saying, but big kids do know what they’re saying and if they’re hurting your feelings? • Do you like Mr. Tushman? Why or why not?
Why do kids sometimes hide something about themselves from other kids, like August hiding behind his long hair? • Describe something you do to hide from something like August does with his long hair.
What do you think of Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte? • Who do you predict will become August’s friends? Why?
Describe how August felt during the school tour. • Have you ever felt that way?
Why did August tell Mr. Tushman that everyone was really nice, when Julian was not very nice to him? • What would you have done?
Why was August’s mom so upset that she said that August didn’t have to go to school if he didn’t want to?
List words that describe how August felt on his first day of school. • List words that describe how you felt on your first day of school or first day at a new school. • Circle the feelings that you and August have in common.
What did you think of the way the teacher and kids treated August? • Why didn’t August help Henry with his lock?
Write down two things you would like others to know about you that they already don’t know.
Why would Julian want to be mean to August? • Is Julian’s a bully? Why or why not? • How does a bully act?
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. • What does Mr. Browne’s precept mean? • Why does August think that he is going to like school?
Choose Kind… • Write down three things that you would consider doing that are kind.
Why would Via, August’s sister, warn him about lunch? • Describe any experiences you have had during lunch that might make you warn a new student about lunch.
AwesomeAwful • Why was August mad at his Mom? • How would you rate August’s first day at school on a scale of one to ten (one being awesome and ten being awful)?
Describe a time when you felt like August is feeling about school—both happy and unhappy at the same time. • Describe a time you felt both happy and sad. OR • Describe something you did that was like August cutting off the little braid on the back of his head.
Do you think school will get easier for August? • Why or why not?
HAHAHAHAHAHA • Why was August laughing with Jack?
YOUR DEEDS ARE YOUR MONUMENTS. • What do you think?
What does “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” mean? • Do you think it always has a negative meaning? • What made August feel like his birthday party was great?
Who is Boba Fett? • Is it important to know who this is? • Why or why not?
What do you think about August’s aversion to having his picture taken? • Do you agree or disagree with him? • Why or why not?
How would you feel if you were August and no one wanted to touch you? If you were in August’s classes, would you act like the other kids? Why or why not?
Do you think it makes a difference to anyone how an individual looks? Why or why not? • What do you think of August’s idea that everyone should wear masks and get to know each other before they got to see what everyone looked like under their masks?
What do you think is going to happen when August goes to school wearing his costume?
Have you ever felt like August after he heard Jack Will talking to Julian? • Why did Jack Will say those things? • If you were August’s friend, what would you say to him?
Fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my cradle…--Natalie Merchant • Review what you wrote about this quote. After reading Part One, does the meaning of the quote change for you? Explain why or why not.
Before Reading Part Two… • Look at the caricature. • Who do you think it is? • Does the caricature give you any clues to the character it represents? • How is it different from the caricature at the beginning of Part One?
Far above the world, Planet Earth is blue, And there’s nothing I can do. David Bowie • What does this quote mean?
Reread the last paragraph of this part. • What do you think Via means when she talks about the galaxy changing and planets falling out of alignment?
What made Via look at August in two different ways? • Why was Grans so important to Via?
Does Via’s description of August’s face match how you pictured him? • How do you think August views himself? • What is normal?
What is upsetting Via about her friends Miranda and Ella? • Why is this part titled: Major Tom?