Today is World Read Aloud Day and we are celebrating by reading from the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Students from Bragg Middle School and Mountain Brook Junior High are sharing the day with us and their English classes through Skyping.
Volunteer students at both schools read for about five minutes. We are reading a chapter called The Cheese Touch which is taken directly from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Wonder is great because it touches on a lot of subjects, books, and issues that middle school students have to deal with. Bullying, cooties (the cheese touch), homework, books to be read, going to a camp and many other motifs appear in this book.
Most of all we are celebrating that we can read and write and have that ability whereas students in some other countries cannot. We shared examples, such as girls in some Middle Eastern countries not being given the opportunity to learn.
You can participate as a family as well simply by reading aloud from your favorite book!