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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings fiction to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Main Characters

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • India Opal Buloni from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    India Opal Buloni

    The protagonist, a young girl in a new town

  • The Preacher from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    The Preacher

    Opal’s father

  • Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Winn-Dixie

    A dog and Opal’s first new friend

  • Mr. Alfred from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Mr. Alfred

    The manager of the Friendly Corners Trailer Park

  • Miss Franny Block from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Miss Franny Block

    Owns and runs the library

  • Amanda Wilkinson from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Amanda Wilkinson

    Mean at first, she becomes friends with Opal eventually

  • Otis from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Otis

    A quiet pet shop worker

  • Sweetie Pie Thomas from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Sweetie Pie Thomas

    A 5 year old girl from the church

  • Gloria Dump from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Gloria Dump

    A lonely woman living in a neighborhood house

  • The Dewberry Brothers from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    The Dewberry Brothers

    Pesky neighborhood boys who eventually become Opal’s friends

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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    Bookcase
  • Checkout
    Checkout
  • Church
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  • Guitar
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  • House
    House
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  • Rain
    Rain
  • Sidewalk
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  • Sofa
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  • Windows
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Teacher Guide

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Have students look at the cover and make predictions about the story.
  • Ask them to think about plot, setting, and characters.

  • Read the first page of the novel and discuss the narrator:
    • Who is telling the story?
    • What do we know about her from the way she speaks?
    • What would you like to know about Opal?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the novel, and make additions throughout the novel.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel to represent the book in 26 panels (1 panel per chapter).

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What kind of relationship does Opal have with her father at the beginning of the novel? How does that change with the end of the novel?
  • What does Opal learn about friendship? What did you learn about friendship from reading this novel?
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Pixton Activity: Because of Winn-Dixie 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding who the characters are is an important skill that will help create connections with the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create a Character Map for three of your favorite characters.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is fully developed with details that add significant meaning. The character map is complete; descriptions and details are thoughtful and accurate. The character map is complete; descriptions are basic, but accurate. The character map is incomplete; basic descriptions with little relevant details. The character map is incomplete; descriptions are short or inaccurate.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• characters vaguey looks like description
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Because of Winn-Dixie 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize the novel using a Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point on the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion), as well as for the main conflict.
  • Be sure to identify the key points that are important to that specific point in the story.
  • Think about quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Student Handout

Share this comic with your students to demonstrate the activity without giving away the farm :)

Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.
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Pixton Activity: Because of Winn-Dixie 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in Because of Winn-Dixie are:

  • Abandonment
  • Compassion and Forgiveness
  • Friendship

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two exemplary scenes and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the chapter number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is thoughtfully explained with effective use of examples. The theme is clearly identified; examples are appropriate. The theme is fully identified; limited use of relevant examples. The theme is briefly identified; examples are vague,or poorly developed. The theme is not identified; no use of supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense)
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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