“Home”-The Answer to our own Wonders-As told through Glogster (Due 3/29)

After taking a look at the given sites provided by Dr. Frye, I found Glogster moved me the most to create an artistic response to my reaction and thoughts on Wonderstruck Linked below is my Glog:

In efforts to indicate and share what I’ve done, let me offer explanations for each piece found on my “Glog for Ben”:

I included the title and author in the center, and I’ve included it on a suitcase.  This symbolizes that Ben is lost both physically in NYC but in his mind, he’s unsure of who he truly is, and is unsure of where he belongs.

I included a graphic for sign language for “dad”.  This was important to me because I know that Ben was going to NYC to try and find out more about his father, and of course with is hearing impairment, he needed to figure out a way to communicate.  Jamie, Ben’s new friend offers this time and time again, but Ben sees that he wants to communicate using notebook paper.

Next, in the center of the Glog is a real photo of the Panorama of New York City at the Queen’s Museum.  I linked this directly to the Queen’s Museum website so that you or my students may go visit and learn more about the Panorama and its construction and design.  I personally enjoyed connecting Rose’s love for art as a child to her success as an artist in her adult life.  I felt that Selznick create a lasting link between the two in the novel.

To the left of the photo of the Panorama, I included an old notebook sheet of paper that has one of the most memorable quotes written on it.  To reference this quote yourself, you may use page 578.  “Elaine never said you were Danny’s son, but Bill and I couldn’t help but wonder.  I remembered Danny’s descriptions of her, and it made sense that even if she didn’t want a husband, she might still want a child.  Maybe that was the one thing she had been missing. You”.  To me, this quote summarizes the meaning of “wonder” in two ways.  First, Rose’s thoughts of a possible grandson are confirmed.  She says herself that she and her husband “wondered” if Ben had been Danny’s son.  It also answered Ben’s question that yes, he had a father, and he no longer had to “wonder” who his father might be.  Neither of these two “wonders” are solved crystal clearly, but it seems that at this point in the novel, attitudes are turned for the better, and the mood of Wonderstruck lightens just a bit.  I chose this quote because it speaks volumes to me as well.  It captures the need for another in one’s life when one doesn’t realize how badly one is needed.  I love that Selznick has the ability to weave this into his story.  It truly draws in a crowd of readers, young and old.

The next part of my Glog is the sign language letters for the word “home”.  I included this because Ben went to New York City trying to find himself a home, while Rose wanted to find a place where she belonged.  It captures the essence of both of these characters because both are deaf.

In the bottom right corner I included a YouTube video of Michael Bublé in his single “Home”.  Besides being nice to look at (if I do say so myself 😉 ) Bublé sings about bringing back a long lost love home.  Although his message is more romantically inclined, I can see how Rose longed for her questions to be answered, asking for her question of family to come “home” and make her complete.  Ben shows his ability to find a new “home” away from Minnesota and into New York City with his grandmother.  Even Jamie finds “home” in a sense that he joins forces with Ben and finally feels that he has a friend that he may relate to.  Wonderstruck captures “home” in so many ways.

The last graphic is a postcard.  This represents Rose’s postcard that she carries in Part One of the story, looking for her brother Walter after she feels abandoned by her mother.

I included graphics of birds throughout the entire piece because to me, birds represent freedom.  With freedom, chains are broken free, and you are allowed to fly and soar as high as you may.  With all of their wonders solved, I felt that Ben and Rose are no longer lost, but found.

Renee Hennings 3/25/12

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  1. I agree that running records get difficult as students get faster at reading. One way I have modified the running record approach is to have my student read to me from their independent reading books at their book conferences with me. I have a grid which has 100 boxes in it. I put a check in each box as they read a word correctly and mark their errors. In the end, I am able to check words read per minute and their accuracy. I sometimes share this data with them if I think their book is too challenging for them at the time and then discuss other books they may enjoy reading or offer other ways to support them as they read. Also, this is fantastic data to have on your students. Just an idea!

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  2. * beachlg says:


    Your Glog is very well-designed and it is obvious that you put a lot of thought into it. I especially like that you put the title on a suitcase. Ben and Rose seemed to be running the entire book, in search of belonging. I also liked the picture of the Panorama that linked to the official site so that the viewer could gather more information about it. Great job, Renee!

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  3. I really enjoyed exploring your glog! I think you did a wonderful job capturing so many elements of Ben and the story. I think my favorite parts were the inclusion of the sign language for dad and home. I can see how this can be used as such a great teaching tool because the reader has to delve deep into the story and character and pull out what they feel represents what it is they are trying to create. I also think it would be interesting to see different glogs for the same story because each of us pulls different aspects of the story out. Even as we read the same book or even watch the same movie, we connect to different things that speak to us. Exploring your glog reveals to me what you connected to while reading the story and what it is you felt was important. Great job!

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  4. * vanbuskirkam says:

    Renee, I especially love how you incorporated the sign-language and the the link to the Panorama! Awesome job! Is this your first time creating a Glog? I did one for my kids at the beginning of the year and then they created one with their parents at home. It was neat, but a bit much for Kinders. Many of our older classes use them for assessment and for presentations. I think they are fun! This one is excellent! Oh, and I LOVE some Buble…nice touch! ; )

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  5. * Robin Clark says:

    How cool! I purposefully did not read your explanations to your Glogster first. I wanted to see if I could figure out what you felt before I read them. I loved it! I had reviewed the option of doing a glog, but did not feel that I was technologically capable of “pulling it together”. But, you did a wonderful job! With a little effort and a lot of memory, I was able to figure out the signs were h-o-m-e, all by myself! It was confirmed for me when I heard the song by Michael Buble’. Genius! You were able to find all of the pieces that fit perfectly along with the book!

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