R.E.A.D. for Nēnē

Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier.

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"My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog."


Walk your students through the Scholastic website with Kate DiCamillo's thoughts on the writing process and a slideshow of her drafts and unleash their enthusiasm!

Paws a moment at this Candlewick publisher's site includes a downloadable teacher's guide, a reader's guide, author bio and much more! Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?!
Or download the Because of Winn-Dixie DVD Educator's Guide with cool activity sheet. Takes a few minutes to load.
Drool over the official Winn-Dixie Grocery Store chain website and the Hawaiian Humane Society website and check out their Education Programs, Standards and Links at http://www.hawaiianhumane.org/education.html
More lesson plans, activities to sniff out.....
Reading is Fundamental
Scholastic's Flashlight Readers Club Activities
A Reading Online WebQuest by Norma Boswell
Unless you are the lead dog, the view never changes... so share these MarcoPolo lesson plans/classroom activities with teachers and other educators such as Characters in Because of Winn-Dixie: Making Lists of Ten or Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's Birthday (March 25)
Readingrockets.org video interview online

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