Katherine Applegate writes a beautiful story with a unique main character. Wishtree is told from the first person perspective of a 216 year old oak tree named Red. Red is special in several ways. People write wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches each May. Because of this, Red has witnessed a lot of sadness from humans.
Red tells stories to the animals that live in its hollows about the past. This time Red decides not to be an observer. Red jumps into action after seeing the sadness of a Muslim girl named Samar. Samar’s wish is simple. She wishes for a friend. Red enlists her crow friend Bongo to help make Samar’s wish come true.
The story teaches a valuable lesson that all students should read.
As a hook activity for the book have students learn about the history behind wish trees. Four corners is also a great opening activity for this book. Click here for a handout for these activities.
If you would like to try out the Wishtree Book Unit before you buy it, this download containsfree samples including:
Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-5
Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-5
Constructive Response Question for Responding to Text
Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like
Wishtree Book Unitcontains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included. Printable and Google Digital versions are available.