This is a ready-to-use 24 page packet. It includes a 16 page student booklet designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills for students in grades 4-6. Included also is an answer key. Skills emphasized in the student booklet are visualizing, determining author's purpose, inferring, comprehension, explaining, summarizing, and determining character traits.
Just copy and give three staples on the left side to create student booklets. The student booklet is divided into five reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th grade classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. You also might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
Because of Winn-Dixie in a nutshell:
This is a Newbery Honor Book for 2001, so you can be sure it is a good one! It is the tender story of a lonely and introspective girl being raised by her preacher-father and wrestling with having been abandoned by her mother. The story begins with her unexpected acquisition of a dog, Winn-Dixie and continues as she makes friends and has adventures that give her a greater understanding of life's blessings.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
Created by Jean Martin.
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