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Read introduction on Precepts from 365 Days of Wonder {Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts} by R. J. Palacio
or p. 45-48 "Choose Kind" from Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Read Mr. Browne's Precepts for the school year in the Appendix of Wonder or print them from here:
Mr. Browne's Precepts FREEBIE on Teachers Pay Teachers
Use p. 65 "Mr. Browne's October Precept" in Wonder as an example or see mine below:

Wonder Educator Guides from Random House
Choose Kind Poster With Activities
365 Days of Wonder Exploring Precepts in the Classroom
Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Kit

Read it forward by Jan Badovinac posted to YALSABK: Release a copy of Wonder for students to read and pass on to someone else. They can sign a pledge to "Choose Kind" in the blank beginning and end pages of the book.




Printable Quotes to use as a starting Point:
Scholastic Printable Quotes
Mr. Browne's Precepts Freebie from Teachers Pay Teachers

Website for looking up quotes by topic:
Brainy Quote

Resources:
New York Times Interpreting Quotes Lesson
Wonder Wall of Precepts
Free Bookmark on Teachers Pay Teachers
I Am Auggie Pullman Video of Children with Craniofacial differences
Wonder Book Trailer from Random House
Wonder Educator's Guide from Random House

A Blank Frame for students to write their quote
Three questions to help students expand (write commentary) on their quotes
What does it say?
What does it mean?
Why does it matter?

This is a SDAIE strategy for teaching English Learners.

Here's an explanation of the SAY MEAN MATTER Strategy.

Mrs. Gru's Quote:

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What does it say? (Explain in your own words what the quote is telling you to do.)

John Lennon's quote, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," from the song, "Beautiful Boy," is explaining that sometimes we spend so much time planning out our future, that we forget to be present in the moment and pay attention to what is happening in our lives right now.

What does it mean? (Explain how you should change your life in order to use the quote's advice.)

What John Lennon is telling us to do is to find happiness in the moment and not wait for some future event to make us happy.

Why does it matter? (Explain how your life and the world will be better if everyone would take the quote's advice)

If everyone were to find happiness and be grateful for what they have in their lives right now, people would rely less on material things to find happiness and the world would be a happier place.