Wonder is the story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy who has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition that causes numerous physical deformities and impairments. The story spans his 5th grade year, the first year he’s attended a traditional school, as opposed to being homeschooled.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This informational text gives information about the genetic condition, Treacher Collins Syndrome, that effects the main character of Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
In 2015, a high school senior named Tiffany Sun conducted a social science experiment and presented her results at the Intel Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C. This article reports on this social science experiment and what it revealed about society's ugly hidden biases.
In this article from National Public Radio, a new genetic treatment that removes unwanted DNA from an embryo raises controversy.
“Herd Behavior” describes how individuals change when they are part of a crowd.
In “The Stolen Party,” Liliana Heker tells the story of a girl who is invited to her friend’s party, whose family also employs her mother as their housekeeper.
In her op-ed, "Putting Good Deeds in Headlines May Not Be So Good," Tovia Smith argues that when the media celebrates do-gooders, it creates the idea that the norm is that most people wouldn't do the right thing. This article is a great exercise in argument and supporting argument.
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.
In Ralph Fletcher’s “Funeral,” a group of boys have a funeral for their friend who is moving away.