Wonder: Our Favorite Precepts

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Wonder

Our class read aloud for first quarter has been the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It’s the kind of book that makes you think, but it also makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. We’ll probably be a little sorry when it ends in a few days!

As we’ve been reading we’ve also been learning a lot about literature. We’ve learned about:

  • Point of view: the book is all written in first person, but there are multiple narrators so we get to hear different points of view.
  • Elements of plot: we’re now reading the resolution of the story.
  • Character development: we’ve seen how characters can change and grow through the course of book, while still keeping their major traits.
  • Theme: we’ve discussed how a book can have more than one theme, and how the message, lesson or moral may be different depending on the reader.

In Wonder, the main character has a teacher named Mr. Browne. Every month Mr. Browne introduces a precept, which he defines as “rules about really important things”, or words that help guide the choices people make.  Some of them are famous quotes and others are written by the characters in the book. It’s been interesting for our class to discuss the precepts as they come up in the book.

R.J. Palacio just released a new book called 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s PreceptsWe’ve started exploring the precepts in this new book, choosing our favorites and writing some of our own. Some of us made Haiku Decks to show the ones we like the best.


Andrew – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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Our next read aloud will be The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm. We’re looking forward to connecting with others while we’re reading that one, since it’s one of the choices for for Global Read Aloud 2014!

What is your favorite precept?

33 Comments

  1. Dear Class,
    You have motivated me to read this book. I am going to start it as soon as I finish my current read. I have two favorites which are both hanging in my office at home. Work Hard and Be Nice and Faith not Fear.

    Thank you for sharing some of yours.
    Mrs. Farris

  2. My favorite precept is Life is about using the whole box of crayons and this precept is by Ru Paul. What do you think that means? It is my favorite because it means use everything you got and give it all you got.

    • Thanks for your question, Zac! You chose a great one. I think your interpretation of the precept is right. It could also mean to not be afraid to take chances and try something new.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

  3. Dear Mrs Hamman,
    My favorite precept is be yourself everyone else is taken. What is favorite precept Mrs Hamman?

    • Thanks for your question, Naomi! I think the precept you chose has a really good message. I wrote my favorite in my reply to another comment, so I’ll tell you another favorite: We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare wrote that in Hamlet.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

  4. Accept what you have and treat it well. Brody and I choose this precept because I am very grateful.

  5. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    My favorite precept from wonder was one we read today. It was “Be kind to nature and it will be kind to you.” It is my favorite because If you are mean by leaving your campfire on, then nature will be mean back to you because you left the campfire still running. Mrs. Hamman, what is your favorite precept?

    Your Student,
    Adelyn

    • Thanks for your question, Adelyn! I like the one you chose. I think my favorite one is the one that I would call the theme of Wonder: When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

  6. My favorite precept is, Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.

    Love,
    Kaylee

  7. No man is an island, entire of itself.

  8. My favorite one is the one that says BE THE PERSON WHO CAN SMILE ON THE WORST DAY.

  9. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    My favorite precept is “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”
    -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Your friend,
    Caitlyn

  10. The best way to make your dreams come true is to WAKE UP.
    – Paul Valery

  11. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    My favorite precept is the one about injustice anywhere. What is your favorite precept?

    Your student,
    Anthony

    • Thanks for your question, Anthony! I really like the one you chose. Martin Luther King Jr. said that. My favorite one is probably the first one in the book: When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

  12. My favorite precept is “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.”
    Your friend, Blaiz

  13. My favorite precept is, We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. — E.M. Forster

  14. Dear Mrs. Hamman
    My favorite precept was January 2. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. That is my favorite precept.

    Sincerely,
    Heather

  15. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    My favorite one is Don’t cry because it’s over smile because it happened.

  16. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I like the precept Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back, by Marcel Proust, because it is truly heart warming and sweet.
    Your Student,
    Katelynn

  17. My favorite precept is on the date of Nov. 25: “And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.” The person that wrote my precept is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.That is my favorite one because it has a very good message to it just because you think it’s the end your best friend is always there.

  18. On that best portion of a good man’s life his little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

  19. Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

  20. My precept is be kind to someone and they will be kind to you.

    I choose this because I like the thing that is is about.

  21. My favorite precept is we must dare, dare again, and go on daring.

  22. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    My favorite precept is the September 19 and September 20. The 19 one said “You are a conductor of light” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the 20 said “Knowledge is love and light and vision”, by Helen Keller.It was from 365 Days of Wonder.I love how we are reading Wonder and I can’t wait to see what happens next. My favorite character is August, Via, Jack, Summer, Miranda,and Amos. I think the meanest character is Julian and his mom. My favorite part is when August goes to school and meets all these very cool new friends, and I can’t wait for fall break.I wonder what you’re doing?

    Your student,
    Alexis

    • Thanks for your question, Alexis! During fall break I’ll probably spend time with my daughter. She’s a teacher, too, so we both get a week off at the same time!

      I like all the same characters you like in Wonder, but Summer might be my favorite. I like how she treats other people kindly no matter what.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Hamman

  23. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I like all the videos but the most that I liked was Andrew’s because it had a lot of creative pictures and the words were nice .

  24. Dear Mrs. Hamman’s Class,

    You are such an inspiration to my teaching and some of the things we do in our second grade class. I teach in Sacramento, California and love reading your current blog posts of which I subscribe to. Thanks for always having such great posts and inspiring outside of your class and your school!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Martin

    • Thank you for your comment, Mrs. Martin! We appreciate you following our blog. We’d love to connect with your second graders sometime!

      Regards,
      Mrs. Hamman’s Class

  25. Thank you for reading that book to us. I liked the book a lot. Are we going to read that new book called 365 days of wonder?

    Love,
    Kaylee

  26. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    My favorite precept is about justice because every one needs justice. What is your favorite precept and why?

  27. Dear Mrs. Hamman
    my favorite precept is people who are good are beautiful and who is good will soon be beautiful. Also what is your favorite precept?

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