This activity can be used in many ways, such as: literature circles, literacy Center time, independently or in a whole group or small group setting.
This activity is great for creative writing! I remember doing a mock newspaper as a kid; I thought it was so fun to pretend like I was in that time period or in the book. Writing from the character's POV is a great way to have a mini lesson on tone and mood. This is a good opportunity to also have your students learn about "Show don't tell." They can write from the character's perspective and say a lot about the character's feelings and thoughts by what they write. This is also a nice opportunity for the students to refer back to the book to look for text evidence and support their findings. The writing style and prose will change depending on the book and topic. Enjoy!
Because of Winn-Dixie is written by Kate DiCamillo.
Other Kate DiCamillo resources of mine include:
Raymie Nightingale Newspaper Creative Writing Activity