Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer #1 Meeting

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Daisy and Miranda

This was an emotional week reading Wonder!  We all felt the pain that Auggie and his family felt when Daisy died.  Rarely do I cry while reading aloud - I can usually disconnect enough to read sad stories without getting really emotional, but not with "Goodbye."   Lots of you joined me in crying, too!  There's just something about a beloved pet passing on that is so sad.  Auggie will especially miss Daisy because she loved him unconditionally.  I think that's why we love pets so much.  They don't care what we look like or even the way we act sometimes.  We can have a bad day, walk in the back door, and be greeted like we're heroes!  We made strong connections with those chapters.  It wasn't just a mini-lesson on text to self connections, we actually lived it!  It didn't take long until we were laughing again, though, with Auggie's mom's over-emotional reaction to Via's performance in the play.  I love how R.J. Palacio can have us crying one minute and laughing the next!

Everyone seemed happy that Miranda was a narrator.  It's so interesting how quickly we understood Miranda and didn't view her as a "villain" anymore (A villian is just a character whose story hasn't been told).  In one class we compared her to Jack.

What are your thoughts at this place in the book?  Who would you still like to hear from?  What do you think is coming up in the story?  There's still a lot to find out!

I LOVE the sentence about everyone deserving a standing ovation at least once in his/her life.  Take a look at these videos from classes who read about a boy similar to Auggie and when they heard it was his birthday, gave him a special gift.

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