This is a reading guide for Because of Winn-Dixie, all 26 chapters!
Product includes 43 pages of reading questions (most are close reading) and answers.
There are questions and answers, for Close Reading, and can be used as shared reading lessons and whole class discussions, or for small group/partner discussions.
*There are project choices for assessing understanding, as well.
**Please download the free sample of questions and answers
I give questions by chapters, instead of page numbers, in case students are using a Kindle version.
There are many purposes you can set for this book.
There is dialogue, and many punctuation marks, which makes for great lessons in reading with intonation and expression.
You may want to start out reading as a whole class, trying on fluency.
Then follow up with the Close Reading questions.
You can have them read independently, making notations in their journals, then discuss with a partner…before the whole class discusses Close Reading questions.
You can read one chapter using Close Reading questions, and another chapter see what the students come up with on their own, using annotation.
You can read some chapters using the Close Reading questions, and other chapters have discussion groups on problem, character analysis, and theme.
Basically, I have done the work of writing the questions (and answers), and you can do what is best for your class.
The questions ask a variety about: writing style/craft, author’s purpose, problem, character analysis, theme, higher order thinking/synthesis and application.
They are written, to print each chapter/page for students to glue into a journal and respond. You can also post them on the board/screen, or use them verbally.
Most chapters have 7 questions, and few have 3.
Manuela Ippolito (Teacher Ippolito)
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text