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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

Wonder Novel Study

Rikki Chandler
Sandhill Elementary
Carroll County Schools

Grade Level and Content

5th Grade
English Language Arts


During this unit, students use the novel Wonder, fiction and nonfiction texts, and other media to explore literary concepts, including point of view, character development, figurative language, setting, plot, mood, and tone. Students also practice analyzing literature, making predictions, and supporting their thoughts with evidence from the text. At the end of the unit, students apply their knowledge of these literary elements to create a documentary exploring the themes of bullying, peer pressure and fitting in.

Standard Addressed

English Language Arts
ELA.5.RL.1; ELA.5.RL.2; ELA.5.RL.3; ELA.5.RL.4; ELA.5.RL.6; ELA.5.RL.7; ELA.5.RL.9; ELA.5.RI.1; ELA.5.RI.2; ELA.5.RI.4; ELA.5.RI.6; ELA.5.RI.7; ELA.5.RI.8; ELA.5.RI.9; ELA.5.W.1; ELA.5.W.3

Available Materials

Unit Introduction
Video of Additional Lesson
Daily Lesson Plans
Fiction and Nonfiction Tree Map Activity Sheet
Unit Anticipation Guide Activity Sheet
Additional Daily Lesson Plans
Reading Quizzes
Lyric Analysis Activity Sheet
Character Building Activity Sheet
Literature Circle Activity Sheet
Culminating Activity Description
Documentary Reference Sheet
Performance Task Checklist
Explicit versus Implicit PowerPoint
Figurative Language Activity Sheet
Theme Triangle Activity Sheet
Common Themes Activity Sheet
Reading Signposts Vocabulary Chart

Video of Unit

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Video of Additional Lesson

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About the Teacher

Rikki Chandler is currently a 5th grade teacher at Sandhill Elementary. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia as well as a specialist degree in Language and Literacy from the University of Georgia. Ms. Chandler serves as the 5th Grade Team Leader and Vertical Literacy Chairman at her school.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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