If you are not reading this book with your class, you should be. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate has so many important lessons to teach. Red is a wise old oak tree who is 216 rings old. He is the neighborhood “wishtree”. People write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Red watches over the neighborhood along with crow friend, Bongo and the other animals who reside in Red’s hollows. Red feels he has seen it all until a new family moves in and not everyone is welcoming. Red realizes that being a wise, old wish tree is more important than ever.
This book is so rich in vocabulary, language, and meaningful writing practice. Common Core-aligned, please use this close reading novel study to suit your teaching needs (most elements can be used as both classwork and homework) as you use this rich story in your classroom. Thank you for your purchase, and please message me with any questions.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes writing/discussion questions for each chapter (answer key included). The classroom discussion questions deeply examine the themes of the novel as well as inferences that can be made as students read. I have used this unit with gifted grade 7 all the way through grade 11. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! There are chapter summaries, vocabulary activities, and class discussion questions for each chapter. I have used the questions for homework, classwork, or just as a springboard for Socratic discussions and literature circles. Please feel free to ask questions before your purchase. AND...don't forget to leave feedback. It's like free TPT money!