speech and language teaching concepts for We're All Wonders in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/ final

Themes:

kindness
acceptance
friendship

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

We’re All Wonders

By R. J. Palacio

Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

This creative and engaging kindness book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bullying and acceptance. It is also great for character analysis and inferencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using We're All Wonders in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
character analysis
inferencing
social/emotional
adjectives
text features

Vocabulary:

ordinary, unique, wonder, different, kindness

Character Analysis:

Auggie struggles with not being “ordinary”. He is bullied and not treated kindly. He learns to love his differences and recognizes that everyone is made differently. He wishes that everyone else would learn to love and appreciate the things that make each person unique.

Social/Emotional:

bullying
kindness
confidence
character growth
friendship

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

different fonts
size changes
spacing

Inferencing:

How does Auggie feel when his classmates treat him rudely?
How do you know that Auggie’s feelings are hurt?
How does Auggie feel on the planet?
How do you think Auggie feels when his friend shares a ball with him?
Why is Auggie’s eye shaped like and look like the world at the end of the story?