Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, is a sweet story about friendship and looking deeper than just the cover to see the true soul of a person. The story is a beautiful tale exploring the themes of loneliness, loss, grief, forgiveness, and acceptance. This is a wonderful book to use for a novel study, literature circles, book clubs, or individual study in the classroom or home school.
Because of Winn-Dixie was first published in 2000. The novel has been honored with numerous awards over the years including the 2001 Newbery Medal, the 2000 Josette Frank Award, and the 2003 Mark Twain Award. In 2007, the National Education Association names Because of Winn-Dixie as one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”, and has been named in the top 20 of all-time children’s books by the School Library Journal.
Summary of Because of Winn-Dixie:
*From the book jacket
Making friends in a new town is never easy, but when Opal adopts a stray dog she names after the grocery store where she found him, she learns that friendship-and forgiveness-can sneak up on you like a sudden storm.
This is a great novel to accompany a study of:
- The Civil War.
- The problem of pet overpopulation.
- Animal behavior.
I offer a complete novel study to accompany Because of Winn-Dixie for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.
Because of Winn-Dixie is a warmhearted tale that combines humor, poignancy, sadness, friendship, and most of all, acceptance beyond what is skin-deep.
Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!
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