After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud. These are just a few of Charlie’s superstitions in Wish by Barbara O’Connor.
These are just a few of the unusual things Charlie uses to make her daily wish; the same wish she has made every day since fourth grade.
When Charlie’s family ‘becomes broken,’ Charlie moves to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina to live with her aunt and uncle. She becomes friends with Howard who lives next door. The two are complete opposites — Howard’s calm easygoing personality compared to Charlie’s fiery temper. Throw in a stray dog who Charlie names Wishbone, and you have a heartwarming story that will make you tear up as you watch Charlie struggle with where she belongs.
Wish by Barbara O’Connor Activities
Book Unit Samples
This sample contains the following:
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
- Constructed Response Question – Sequencing
- Activities and Discussion for Chapters 1-2
- Story Mapping
- English – Lesson 1 – Understanding Sentences
Teaching Idea #1 ~ Comparing Dog Themed Books
Literally, thousands of great books about dogs can be found. This project centers on six novels including Pax which is the story of a fox. Students read the summaries of the six books. They then complete a chart to make comparisons. A Venn diagram is also included for students to go into detail when comparing and contrasting two dog-themed books.
Note: This activity can be completed without reading all six books. The included summaries provide the information. This is a great way to build interest in some new books.
Teaching Idea #2 ~ Making Wishes
Charlie is always looking for objects that she can wish upon…
Clover! Maybe I could find a four-leaf clover… I searched and searched. Sure enough, I found one. But I didn’t pick it. If you pick it, it will bring you good luck, but if you leave it growing there, you can make a wish, which is exactly what I did.
Have students list traditions and superstitions around making a wish.
Here are a few to get you started:
Teaching Idea #3 ~ Discussion Questions
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Wish Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.