In Chapters 5-8 of Because of Winn-Dixie, readers are introduced to many characters who will affect the story as it progresses (Dunlap and Stevie Dewberry, Amanda Wilkinson, Sweetie Pie Thomas, Miss Franny Block, and Otis). The interactions between Opal, Winn-Dixie, and these additional characters are often unexpected, and Opal’s community of friends with different perspectives begins to build.
In this lesson students read Chapters 5-8 using the "Say Something" reading strategy. Students are introduced to Notice and Note Signposts as well as participate in a "Text Talk" to aid in their comprehension of these chapters.
Students respond to the following writing task:
The title of the novel is Because of Winn-Dixie. Is this is an appropriate title? Be sure to include examples and details from the text in your answer.
Notice and Note Signposts Reference Chart (8 x14)
Notice and Note Because of Winn-Dixie Scavenger Hunt Form (8 x 14)
2 Vocabulary Organizers
Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
Text Talk Printables: Questions, Recording Form, Wows and Wonders