Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is a favorite among students. This unit is designed to accompany the novel as students are reading. It can be used as a whole class novel study, or students can use it in a small reading group, book club, etc. Each chapter has five questions that students must locate the answer for, and record the page number in which they found the answer. Also for each chapter is a short answer, critical think question.
After reading the novel, students can watch the movie and use the compare and contrasting sheet to decide which was better, give their recommendation, and complete 10 things about themselves (great bulletin board activity).
This unit is aligned to the 3rd grade ELA Common Core standards, but can be adapted to fit any grade.
Skills included in this unit are:
-sequence of events
-main idea and details
-character traits and analysis
-similes and metaphors
-compare and contrast