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Activity Overview


A number of symbols appear throughout Wonder. Symbols are objects or events that have a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface. Have students choose something from Wonder that has symbolic meaning, and create a storyboard of it along with a text explanation.

Questions to get students started:

  • Why is the object important?
  • What object, feeling, or change does the symbol represent?
  • Do characters in the story recognize the symbolism, or is it only the reader?

Examples of Symbolism in Wonder

Shoes

Auggie mentions shoes a number of times. This shows that he spends a lot of time looking down, not making eye contact. This is probably because he is self-conscious and doesn't want to see the reactions people will have to his face.


Padawan Braid

Auggie cutting his braid off symbolizes personal growth and a clear transition from one part of his life (homeschooling) to another ("real school").


Masks

Auggie frequently wore an astronaut helmet in the past, and also wears a "Scream" mask on Halloween. Masks symbolize Auggie's desire to hide from others. He feels freakish and thinks people don't like him because of his appearance.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies and explains symbols in Wonder.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify three symbols from Wonder and replace the text in the title boxes.
  3. Create an image using any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text that represents this symbol in the context of the story.
  4. Write a description of each of the symbols.



Rubric

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Symbolism
Create a storyboard that identifies important symbols in the story. Illustrate each symbol and write a short description that explains the significance to the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning Needs Improvement
Identification of Symbols
All symbols are correctly identified as objects that represent something else at a higher level in the story.
Most symbols are correctly identified, but some objects are missing or incomplete.
Most symbols are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
No symbols are correctly identified.
Examples and Descriptions
Quotes and examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions accurately explain the symbols and highlight their significance to the story.
Most quotes and examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions mostly accurately explain the symbols, and highlight their significance to the story.
Most quotes and examples are minimal, incorrect, or unrelated to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions contain inaccuracies in their explanations, or do not highlight their significance to the story.
Examples and descriptions are missing or too minimal to score.
Depiction
Depictions chosen for symbols are accurate to the story and reflect time, effort, thought, and care with regard to placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are mostly accurate to the story. They reflect time and effort put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are inaccurate to the story. The depictions may be rushed or show minimal effort, time, and care put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Most depictions are missing too many elements or are too minimal to score. Little time or effort has been put into placement and creation of the scenes.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading and accuracy to the story.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show accuracy to the story and some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading or accuracy to the story.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.




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