Because of Winn-Dixie
Man's Best Friend a Dog named Winn-Dixie
Audience: 1st grade-5th grade
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Read Aloud: Pg. 9 When she claims that Winn-Dixie is her dog.
Summary: Abandoned by her mother years ago, Opal , a 10-year-old girl, moves with her preacher father to a small town in Florida. Lonely and missing her old friends, Opal is ecstatic to find companionship with a rambunctious little dog she names Winn-Dixie, after the store where she found the pup. With Winn-Dixie's help, Opal befriends several colorful townsfolk and even begins mending her relationship with her father.
2.) Have students create reading journals as they follow along me reading aloud to them. Everyday we will take 20 minutes out of our day to read a short segment of the book (since this book is fairly short, should only take a couple days). But have students think about what is happening in the story, and journal their reader response, than break up into groups of 3-4s and have students talk about how they felt about what was happening in the story. Ask students questions like, Did meeting Winn-Dixie make Opal's life more positive or negative? Do you think WInn- Dixie was a smart dog? and other such questions.