Engage students in this text comparison writing task using the texts: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Dog and the Piglet by Jennifer S. Holland, and Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff.
Summarize a chapter from Unlikely Friendships for Kids by determining its main idea. Then compare the relationship between the characters in the chapter to a relationship in Because of Winn-Dixie and Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.
Jigsaw Expert Recording Forms (2)
3 Writing Organizers
Chapter Summary Organizer: Beginning, Middle, End
Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Labels for Each Chapter of the Book (5)
Writing Paper (2)
Main Idea Organizers for each chapter (5)
Analyzing Photographs/Illustrations Organizers (2)
Text Comparison T-Chart
Main Idea Puzzle Pieces 8 x 11 (5)
Main Idea Puzzle Pieces 8 x 14 (5)
(Aligns to Louisiana Guidebooks ELA Unit: Because of Winn-Dixie)