She is an elderly woman who has crinkly brown skin, wears a big floppy hat with flowers all over it, and has no teeth, although she uses false teeth to eat with. Before finding Dixie, Opal is very lonely. Kate DiCamillo shows just how much one friend can make the difference in the life of a child with Because of Winn-Dixie. Scholars use Accountable Talk practices distribute Accountable Talk stems handout and cite evidence from the text in their responses. The party continues on with Opal and her friends happily singing together.
Opal has red hair and freckles, is a fast runner, and likes to be told stories about her mom, who left her and her dad when Opal was three years old. . Winn-Dixie is the name given to a large, smelly dog by 10-year-old India Opal Buloni. The trailer park manager calls her 'an exception' because she is a good, quiet kid. He's sad about Opal's mom leaving them. Opal and the preacher quickly realize that this dog does not like to be left alone: he pulls off the couch cushions, unrolls the toilet paper, and howls if he is tied outside. He leads the Open Arms Baptist Church when they move to Naomi.
Not surprisingly, Winn-Dixie wins over Otis and his pet parrot Gertrude and Opal is given a job. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. In this book, there are several main characters that the story is mostly about and a few characters we only hear a little about. Possible responses: school, church, weddings, funerals, vacations, neighborhoods, culture, friendship, animals, hobbies, jobs, sports, entertainment, disasters, public events, etc. Let's first look at India Opal Buloni. Through this concept map discussion, I want my scholars to understand that although people, in general, have many differences, we are more alike than we are different.
The Preacher is a kind and generous man, but he is also sad a lot and like a turtle, 'hiding all the time inside his shell,' Opal says. Because of Winn-Dixie is the heartwarming tale of how a stray dog helps a little girl adjust to life in a new town. When you read Because of Winn-Dixie, you will also meet Otis, a man who charms animals when he plays the guitar. As we read the story, we'll see what happens in a library because of Winn-Dixie! Instead of letting the dog go to the pound, Opal claims the dog as her own, and names him after the grocery store: Winn-Dixie. Miss Franny gives them all a Littmus Lozenge, a candy her great-grandfather invented.
Miss Franny Block is in charge of the Herman W. In fact, her father built the library for her as a birthday present when she was little because she loves to read so much. Student Instructions Create a character map for the major characters. Opal loves visiting her at the library to hear her stories. I want them to view diversity as a way of bringing people together rather than separating people. It is also a story about stories—stories of loss, love, and humor; stories about holding on and letting go.
The brothers tease her about getting close to a house that is supposedly inhabited by a witch. On a grocery run, Opal finds the store in disarray as a dirty dog runs up and down the aisles. In this activity, students can depict the characters in the story, paying close attention to their physical characteristics and actions in the story. This brings Opal out of her shell and causes her to make new friends as well. Opal recognizes that everyone feels some sadness, from the past, inside them. Student Instructions Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Because of Winn Dixie.
The information students provide on the exit slip is not only an informal assessment of their learning, but also a means of providing me as the teacher with information that they did not learn. Sometimes Miss Franny Block has small fits, or times when she shakes and stops talking. Opal tells him, 'You are better at making friends than anybody I've ever known. Gloria Dump becomes one of Opal and Winn-Dixie's greatest friends. Now let's look at Winn-Dixie. Opal is 10 years old the summer she and her father move to the trailer park in the fictional town of Naomi, Florida. Opal is thrilled and relieved that her dog is safe.
Gloria asks Opal to talk about herself so that she can see her with her heart. She takes him home to ask her father if she can keep him. Winn-Dixie becomes Opal's dog one day when she is at the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Naomi and sees the dog getting into trouble. I have found using story maps aids in improving student comprehension and helps students with various ability levels to organize information efficiently and effectively. Opal takes him home to her father in hopes that she can keep him; Winn-Dixie wins over the preacher with his wide smile and charming personality. Today, my scholars learn about the value of diversity.