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Let's Gain Another Perspective! Book & Movie Club: Wonder

After the sharing of emotions, logic, and diversity, learners in this social reading and movie bookclub, will create their own "Choose Kindness" project spreading courage and humanity in a real-world way.
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Class

45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 6 weeks

8-12

year olds

4-9

learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

As a previous school teacher-librarian, and special education teacher, I have a passion for HUMANS and books where there are critical thinkings and learnings on how to be a better human. Thus the creation of my book clubs-- "Let's Gain Another Perspective." 

As a researcher, it is important to shed the truth via reliable, unbiased information and sources. As a teacher, it is important for me to guide learners to understand difficult topics within their life experience, background, and personality.  As a reader, it is important to take a risk to learn, grown, and do better from feelings and thoughts stemming from this novel. The point of view from a child with a difference varies widely based on the personal experiences of that human so it is essential to learn about via facts, open dialogue of feelings, and empathy to strengthen our own humanity. 

Although Wonder is a work of fiction, it is a masterpiece in weaving diversity with human stories of kindness and courage. After reading this book when it was first published, it instantly became a top book of all time for me. Meeting the author, R. J. Palacio sealed the deal. Choose Kindness has been my mantra ever since!

I have taught many middle-school level books to several classes on sensitive topics such as this and within our discussions and learning, we are able to be empathetic, grow, and try to put ourselves into the shoes of the main characters. Being kind, respectful to all opinions and feelings have guided these discussions. In addition, my experience as a special ed teacher has given me the opportunity to understand, relate, and assist learners who may get emotionally overwhelmed with a topic. 

In my homeschooling of my 15-year-old son, we dive deep into learning by reading varying books having unique perspectives on humanity...this is one of those books! 

My teaching philosophy:
As a continual learner (a person always thinking, wondering, and asking WHY) -- I strive to inspire all of my students of that same passion--to be curious-minded to the world around them. To be playful. To be passionate. To be Adventurous. To be a mistake maker. To be a learner who has no boundaries!
Reading is required before the first session, and having the book is required. Students are welcome to access the work by print copy, digital copy, or audiobook.  

READING?HOMEWORK
Class 1:
● Reading due: pages 0-80, and a copy of the book in audio, print, or e- format required.
Class 2:
● Reading due: Pages 81-157
Class 3:
● Reading due: Pages 158-234
Class 4:
● Reading due: Pages 235-end
Class 5:
● Due: The Movie, Wonder to have been viewed at home 
Class 6:
● Due: Ideas for Choose Kindness Project, so the project can be created in class


Reading is required before the first session and all classes, and having the book is required. Students are welcome to access the work by print copy, digital copy, or audiobook.  

The Book, Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Movie, Wonder, copyright 2017
Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. It's rated PG and runs approximately 113 minutes long. 

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The book should be reviewed and researched to ensure it is a match for your learner and family.

Common Sense Media review:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/wonder

Teacher

Amy Marson Facilitator of curiosity, wonder, thinking & love of learning!
127 total reviews
86 completed classes

About Me

Hello, I'm Amy Marson!!

"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all... 
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