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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

prezi for lit/skills due October 2
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Emilee Hamm

on 21 September 2015

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Transcript of Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Adjectives to describe Wonder
Uplifting
Conflicts of Wonder
Character vs. Self
August vs. Self
Adjectives to describe August
Friendly
Wonder
Thank you for watching my presentation on Wonder
By R.J. Palacio
By R.J. Palacio

"I think that when people die, their souls go to heaven, but just for a little while. Then I actually think the souls start thinking about their lives on earth, like if they were good or bad or whatever. Then they get born again as brand new babies in the world." page 128
"Why do I have to be so ugly?" page 60
"We cant keep protecting him. We can't just pretend he's going to wake up tomorrow and this isn't going to be his reality, because it is..." page 10

This is a picture of a boy with a facial deformity, and it is also the main character of my novel, because the main character, August Pullman, was born with a deformed face. First, if he didn't have a facial deformity, there wouldn't be a plot. This is because Wonder is about August working his life around obstacles, because no one accepts him for his looks. I can infer this because August says, "I wish people would just except me for me and quit bullying me." (Palacio, page 89) This quote helps to explain why I chose this picture because it shows how much he was hated and bullied. The quote also shows how he wanted to stop bullying for everyone because of how bad it made him feel.
Lesson/Inference:
Using this lesson and watching how others treated August made me feel sorry for people who are born with facial deformities. August didn't deserve to be bullied for something he couldn't help. I have learned and can now infer that bullying can really lower a persons self-esteem. Therefore, I am going to try really hard not to hurt anyone's feelings.
Intelligent
Self-Conscious
Ashamed
Paranoid
Character vs. Others
August vs. people
Character vs. Society
August vs. world
Thought Provoking
Inspiring
This is a picture of a school because August, the main character, had only been home schooled by his mother. He had never been to mainstream school until fifth grade, which is considered to be the first year of junior high for everyone. First, if August wasn't ever home schooled, he would already have friends and he would be used to being made fun of. I know that August doesn't have any friends because August says,"The kid and everyone else was right. I eat like a tortoise." (Palacio, page 50) This quote helps explain why I chose this picture because it shows how hard of a time August is having in school, and how much everyone makes fun of him and hurts his feelings.
Lesson/Inference:
Using this lesson and watching how hard it is to go to a new school with new people in it made me feel bad for August because he has a facial deformity and so many people are going to stare at him and laugh. I have learned and can now infer that going to a new place is difficult because you won't know anyone there. August especially had a rough time because of his deformity. Therefore, I'm going to try really hard not to make fun of deformed people.
This quote is important to the character development and plot. First, when August says this, the author shows that August is very self-conscious and that he knows he has a deformity, so people need to stop treating him like he doesn't know hes different. It wasn't until Jack Will became August's friend that August developed any self-esteem, or had a friend. Second, this quote is important to the character development and plot because if Jack Will had not become August's friend and taught him that if hes pretty on the inside, hes pretty on the outside too, the story would not exist.
Lesson/Inference:
Because I have been self conscious before, I know half of how hard it could be for some people. I know only half because I only know up to a certain extent. August thinks and knows he's ugly, and this made him feel really bad about himself. Jack Will, his best friend, taught him that being pretty comes from within, not the outside appearances. It taught me that friends can help you through tough times, therefore I hope I can help my friends when they go through tough times. I want my friends to feel like they can overcome anything like August overcame his fear of being ugly.
detention
cheese touch/plague
This adjective (self-conscious) describes August very well for several reasons. First, August is very self-conscious about his face. He has several different deformities: where his eyes are placed, how he has little of a chin, how his face is pinched in, and how he has no eyebrows or eyelashes are some examples. I know this because the author types about all of his features. (page 88, Palacio) The majority of people in the world don't have facial deformities, so this is a good example of why August is self-conscious. Second, August shows he is self-conscious because he wishes everyday was Halloween. He wishes he could wear a mask and hide his face everyday so no one would know it was him, and they would treat him normal.
Lesson/Inference:
I learned I can be respectful of others and their imperfections. We are not perfect inside or out. We can all learn from the example he sets for us.
Bullying
Wonder
Halloween Everyday
Main Quote
Science
August's dog
Explanation for
Character vs. Society
This conflict is important to the plot of the story. When August goes out in public, everyone stares at him. I know this because the author wrote, "I know it wasn't cool, but I kind of went, 'UGH!' when I saw August. It was like he was wearing a zombie mask." (Palacio, page 136) I think what Palacio is trying to say is that whenever August goes somewhere, everyone notices August, and people always make a face or a noise or they do something rude. It's a struggle for everyone around August to not make faces or noises when they see him, which makes them feel bad. This is one of the biggest conflicts in the plot.
Lesson/Inference:
When looking at how other people see August, I can infer that it would me hard for me too, to see August and not make faces or noises. Therefore, I could apply this lesson in my life by not making fun of people with problems with their body.
Explanation for
Self-Conscious
Explanation for
Inspiring
This adjective describes the plot of this book because August is very inspiring. It lightens the mood of the story and kept me happy and inspired instead of sad even though August is sad and upset in different parts of the story. For example the author wrote several quotes like, "I knew Summer was just being August's friend to be nice." (Palacio, page 175) Palacio could've just said I knew Summer wasn't being August's friend because she had too, but because she feels bad for him, but he chose the more inspirational quote instead. Instead of crying or being sad after depressing parts of the story, August went along with it and held it all in. This also lightens the mood.
Lesson/Inference:
I can infer a lesson about being inspirational. By being more inspirational when I speak or write, I can lighten the mood of listeners or readers. I can be inspirational when I write to add jokes and uplifting quotes.
I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that's what you want
Be your number one

I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that's what you ask
Give you all I am

I can do it
I can do it
I can do it

But I'm only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only human

I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that's what you need
Be your everything

I can do it
I can do it
I'll get through it

But I'm only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only human

I'm only human
I'm only human
Just a little human

I can take so much
'Til I've had enough

'Cause I'm only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I'm only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I'm only human
Johnson, Martin, and Christina Perri. "Human." Metrolyrics. EMI Music Publishing, n.d. Web.
Explanation for Song

I chose this song "Human" by Christina Perri as the theme song for my novel Wonder because the artist in the song shares the same personal conflict as August, the main character in Wonder.
When the artist states, "you're words in my head, knives in my heart," she is describing how people can say rude things and that hurts people's feelings as much as physical abuse. She relates how bullying physically and mentally are the same thing. August feels this way too when he says, "I felt bad for myself. Worse than before. It got worse and worse, all the things people said about me." (Palacio, page 152) This shows August gets bullied a lot and he gets hurt emotionally by it. Clearly if August had higher self-esteem, he wouldn't be bothered as much by the mental abuse. Christina Perri also gets bullied by people's words, and she needs to get higher self-esteem.
I also chose this song "Human" by Christina Perri as the theme song for my novel because the artist in the song shares similar feelings and problems as August, which is an important part of the of the character development, conflict, and mood in some parts of Wonder. When Christina says, "I can fake a smile. I can force a laugh. I can act and play the part." she is feeling sad and depressed because shes putting on a mask so people don't know she's depressed. I think August feels this way too when he goes too school and people are talking about him. You can hear the depressing and sad tone in her voice, which is also how August feels when people talk about him. I know August felt this way because the authoor wrote, "You're ashamed of me aren't you? For being your brother. I heard you talking to mom about it." (Palacio, Page 217) I think he meant that he felt he wasn't loved in his own family because of his looks. He would feel happy if he didn't have a deformed face. When his face got in the way of everything, he wanted a mask to help hide his face, and people wouldn't know it was him like Christina wears a mask to hide her feelings.
Overall, the tone of the song and theme of the song shares the same mood of August when he experiences conflicts in the story. Because of this, I can infer that being made fun of can be really hurtful. Christina and August should try to tell people how they feel, or vent, so they can get it off of their chests.
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