Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Treat your students to this modern classic about a ten-year-old girl, her big-hearted dog, and a town full of people looking for friendship. DiCamillo’s sophisticated characters and heart-warming story set the perfect stage for deep conversations about the ways in which authors develop characters.
Teach with Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Character Development
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Because of Winn-Dixie Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for character development, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Because of Winn-Dixie Book Club.
The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.
Students will use a Character Map to keep track of the richly developed characters in Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
Dive deeper into direct and indirect characterization using Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Students will continue to build their Character Maps with evidence from the text.
This Because of Winn-Dixie Book Club meeting focuses on identifying how the author develops a character using dialogue. By focusing on how a character speaks or thinks, the reader can make inferences about the character's personality.
Another way that Kate DiCamillo develops the characters in Because of Winn-Dixie is through relationships between characters. When students examine how a character interacts with other characters, they can more fully identify the character's traits.
Using their Character Maps as evidence from the text, students will discuss how characters have changed throughout Because of Winn-Dixie. Examining how characters change allows the reader to more fully understand the story's characters.
Author Kate DiCamillo has created characters in Because of Winn-Dixie that are easy to connect to. In this final Book Club meeting, students will practice making text-to-self connections with characters from the story and look at how these connections increase their enjoyment of the text.
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with a character traits.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students'overall comprehension of Because of Winn-Dixie and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Because of Winn-Dixie Book Club Resource Set.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Because of Winn-Dixie. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
Introduce students to the new vocabulary in Because of Winn-Dixie. This Vocabulary Connections resource has everything you need to support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary development. Download the individual resource or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities to support comprehension of the new words in the book.
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