Get discussion questions, extension activities, vocabulary lists, and more ideas for teaching with Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
The Explore Because of Winn-Dixie interactive hub, part of the Flashlight Readers experience, lets fans of Because of Winn-Dixie go inside their favorite read!
- Create Scrapbook pages featuring their favorite characters from the book.
- Play the Stump the Dump Maze Game, where they answer questions about the book to help Winn-Dixie move through a maze.
- Act out the "Because of Winn-Dixie: A Play" with friends or alone.
- See and hear exactly how the author changed the beginning of her story over the course of five drafts (available in PDF form) in See This Story Grow.
- Read About Kate DiCamillo, where the author talks about dressing up her dog, becoming a writer, and why she wrote her first book, Because of Winn-Dixie.
- Read Kate DiCamillo on Writing
- Watch our Kate DiCamillo Video
- Find out Kate DiCamillo's Favorite Books
- Browse a Movie Slideshow of images from the film based on the book
- Get a list of recommended reads with Books for Fans of Because of Winn-Dixie
While participating in Flashlight Readers activities, students will:
- Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
- Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
- Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
- Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
- Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
- Monitor their own comprehension
Benchmarks for Because of Winn-Dixie Lesson Plans
Language Arts Standards (4th Ed.)
- Understands elements of character development in literary works (e.g., differences between main and minor characters; stereotypical characters as opposed to fully developed characters; changes that characters undergo; the importance of a character's actions, motives, and appearance to plot and theme)
- Makes connections between characters or simple events in a literary work and people or events in his or her own life
- Understands the basic concept of plot (e.g., main problem, conflict, resolution, cause-and-effect)
- Applies basic trouble shooting and problem-solving techniques
- Drafting and revising: uses strategies to draft and revise written work (e.g., elaborates on a central idea; writes with attention to audience, word choice, sentence variation; uses paragraphs to develop separate ideas; produces multiple drafts)
- Evaluates own and others' writing (e.g., determines the best features of a piece of writing, determines how own writing achieves its purposes, asks for feedback, responds to classmates' writing)