Because of Winn-Dixie Resource Set

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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
Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    Because of Winn-Dixie Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    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.

    Book Club Management Resources

    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.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Character Development

    Students will use a Character Map to keep track of the richly developed characters in Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

    Meeting #2: Exploring Indirect and Direct Characterization

    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.

    Meeting #3: Using Dialogue to Infer Character Traits

    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.

    Meeting #4: Understanding How Character Relationships Develop Character

    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.

    Meeting #5: Noticing How Characters Change Over Time

    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.

    Meeting #6: Making Connections with the 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.

    Because of Winn-Dixie Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with a character traits.

    Because of Winn-Dixie Common Core Assessment

    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.

    Because of Winn-Dixie Running Record

    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.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    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.

    Because of Winn-Dixie Vocabulary Connections

    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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

    Because of Winn-Dixie Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Because of Winn-Dixie Book Club Resource Set.

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