To promote unity within our middle school reading community, students entering 5th grade are required to complete the following summer reading and assignment.
Read the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
(summary from www.goodreads.com)
Check back soon for directions for an assignment you will complete after reading the book.
While reading the book Wishtree make connections with the text to share your understanding. All good readers make connections with other books, to themselves, and to the world around them to support their comprehension.
Text-to-Self: This is a personal connection that readers make between a piece of reading material and their own experiences.
An example might be: This story reminds me of a time when we went on vacation to the amusement park.
Text-to-Text: Explains a connection between this book and another book you have read.
An example might be: The novel Wishtree reminds me of the book The Giving Tree because…
Text-to-World: These observations help develop a better understanding of life. Explain a connection between the important points in this book and the world around you.
An example might be: In the novel Wishtree, when they are cutting down trees it reminds me of a time I saw trees being cut down to widen the highway.
Directions: Choose one of the following activities (1-7) to complete when you’re finished reading the summer reading book Wishtree.
Choices 1 – 4 could be done either through a Power Point with 5-8 slides OR a one-page written description in paragraph form. Be prepared to share the Power Point using a flash drive.
Choices 5-7incorporate a variety of different activities- photography, designing a poster, and creating a new book jacket.