Because of Winn Dixie Novel Study Unit - Interactive Notebook

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo Novel Study Unit - Interactive Notebook Novel Study

This is bundle of activities is a fully integrated, creative, and comprehensive Because of Winn Dixie Novel Study. Perfect for your upcoming Because of Winn Dixie unit, this resource package can be used for whole class or small group (literature circle) work, is a great addition to your Because of Winn Dixie Interactive Notebook or Reader's Notebook, and can easily be aligned to the common core.

This Because of Winn Dixie Literature Guide contains everything you need to teach a complete novel study on Because of Winn Dixie. Detailed Because of Winn Dixie comprehension questions, answer keys, vocabulary resources, reading strategy based activities, and engaging worksheets are all included in this resource package. All activities are classroom tested and include creative handouts, information sheets, detailed instructions, graphic organizers, foldables, and templates! Very little teacher prep is needed – simply print and teach!

While all of the activities included in this package can be used as is, they make an excellent addition to a Reader’s Notebook. Reader’s Notebooks are powerful tools that enable students to be creative, independent thinkers and writers. Reader’s Notebooks allow students to express their ideas in unique ways, and process information presented in class. Completed Reader’s Notebooks become valuable study tools for students to reflect back on, and are great as a record of student progress over time.


This creative and engaging package includes the following:

Reader’s Notebook Setup Information: Several pages of information on the benefits of Reader’s Notebooks. Detailed information on how to set up a Reader’s Notebook for the unit is also included. However, you do not need to do this unit as a Reader’s Notebook. It can easily be done as a traditional Novel Study – it is up to you!

Main Character Graphic Organizers: Graphic Organizers for each of the main characters in the novel, to help review key features using text evidence.

Comprehension Questions: Detailed comprehension questions for all chapters. A detailed answer key is also included!

Reading Strategy Based Questions: A full set of reading strategy based questions is included. These have no correct answer, but allow students to think deeply about the text. Students focus on making connections, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, analyzing, summarizing, evaluating, predicting, and questioning.

Vocabulary Activities: Two different vocabulary worksheets are included, to use with words from the novel.

Character Compare and Contrast: Several different Venn diagram style graphic organizers are included, to compare and contrast different characters from the novel.

Going Through Their Head: A graphic organizer for students to imagine themselves as Opal when Winn Dixie goes missing. Students illustrate and describe what was going through her head.

Because of Winn Dixie Graphic Organizer Set: A variety of different graphic organizers, for use with the novel. Included are many different creative organizers and foldables to practice questioning, making connections, finding key details using text evidence, visualizing, and more! These can be used at any point in the novel, and are great for differentiated instruction, extra practice, or extension activities!

Response Starter Foldable: A fun foldable to encourage student responses.

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