Saturday, January 22, 2011

Because of Winn-Dixie: Worksheet for Chapter 1 - 2

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Because of Winn-Dixie:


Think of a person who is close to you — a parent, sibling, friend, relative, etc. List ten things you know about that person. Be specific and descriptive.

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Choose your favorite or most intriguing character from Because of Winn-Dixie. Possible choices for character study: Opal, Winn-Dixie, Daddy (the preacher), Gloria Dump, Otis, Franny Block, etc. 
  1. Divide a piece of paper into two columns. Label one column "Traits" and the other "Proof." Under the Traits column, list ten character traits for your character. Be as specific and descriptive as possible. In the Proof column, write page references from the novel (e.g., p. 20) that provide evidence for the individual character traits. Students will need to reread and skim sections of the book to find textual evidence. 


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  1. For an artistic twist, students can illustrate the character. Write a brief caption for the illustration that explains a few of the characters' traits.




  1. Who do you think is the most interesting character in the novel? Why?  

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  1. What does each character teach Opal? What lessons does she learn from those around her?

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  1. Which character do you think has the greatest impact on Opal? Why?

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  1. Why is the title of the book Because of Winn-Dixie?

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In the story, Opal says that everything that happened to her that summer was because of Winn-Dixie, the dog she found at the supermarket. Think about a person or pet that had an effect on your life. Write about a person or pet that influenced your life in some way.

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In the story, Opal comes to accept the fact that her mother is not going to return. She is able to let go and
go on with her life. Think about a situation in which you had to learn to accept something you weren't
happy about. Write about a time when you had to accept something and move on.

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A gentle, friendly animal can be a source of strength and a good listener for a lonely child. In the story, we
discover a lot about Opal and her situation as she talks to her dog Winn-Dixie. Write a paragraph
describing Opal's life at the time the story takes place.
(This topic is recommended for students who have read through Chapter 3.)
1. How old is Opal at the time the story takes place? Why might her age be important to the story?
2. What does Opal's father do for a living and what is their relationship like?
3. Why does Opal have neither mother nor friends?
4. What does Opal imagine Winn-Dixie wants her to do?

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