What is a precept?

Throughout the book Wonder Auggie’s English teacher, Mr Browne, introduces the children to a new precept each month. “What is a precept?” I hear you ask. Well the children in Auggie’s class weren’t that sure to begin with either. In the chapter ‘Choose Kind’ he wrote on the board that a precept was a rule about really important things and that they made us think about what kind of person we were.

September precept: When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.

The following website has been inspired by the precept above: http://choosekind.tumblr.com/.Just one act of kindness can make an impact. Join the national movement to Choose Kind, inspired by R.J. Palacio’s debut novel, WONDER. How have you made a difference this year?

October Precept: Your deeds are your monuments

Thank you to the Hillcrestdiv5 blog for the above image. You can visit the post on their blog at http://hillcrestdiv5.weebly.com/div-5-reflects.html. Hopefully the brainstorm helps you when you are thinking about the meaning of the October precept.

What do these two precepts mean to you?

Can you think of an act of kindness where you have made an impact on someone else?

Please keep identities of other children in your comment anonymous 


This is our class book for the term. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

The following link is a short trailer: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

If you click on this link you will be able to listen “How I came to Life”: R.J. Palacio reads a chapter from Wonder

After reading Part One, written from August’s perspective how would you describe August’s character. Try and move past what he looks like and include information about his personality.