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Unit 5, Week 1 Because of Winn-Dixie

4th Grade ONeal Elementary

Intonation/Pausing Good readers group words into phrases. Pause at commas and stop at end marks. Well, one hot Thursday, I was sitting in my library with all the doors and windows open and my nose stuck in a book, when a shadow crossed my desk.



Decode words with the VCCV Pattern In most words with the VCCV pattern, the first vowel should be short. The word will be divided between the consonants in most cases. When the two consonants are digraphs, the word is divided either before the first consonant or after the second.

Phonics Continued
swallow foggy picket album bitter holly

plas tic

selecting-choosing positive-certain, sure snuffled-sniffed usually loudly consisted- made up peculiar- not usual; strange advanced-beyond
Quia 1 Quia 2

Denotation- dictionary meaning Connotation- feelings or ideas associated with the word

advanced handshake flag

beyond the beginning level

better than others ahead of the rest

Connotation/Denotation Game

Comprehension Drawing Conclusions

You can use information from a story, as well as personal experience, to draw conclusions. By paying attention to details, you can draw conclusions about what a character may say or do next or how the plot might change as the story unfolds.
http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/infer encesp.cfm

Vocabulary In Context
Opal moved through the store, carefully ___________ the items she wanted to buy. Her entire order __________ of macaroni and cheese, tomatoes, and rice. Winn-Dixie influenced Opals life in a ________ way. His coat had no _____, or unpleasant, odor. Winn-Dixie was smart, more ____________ than the average dog. Sometimes, Winn-Dixie _______________ along the floor, looking for food.

literal meaning- dictionary definition. figurative meaning- they are used as figures of
speech, such as metaphors and idioms. http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/idioms/


face the music

Literal Meaning
Accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.

Figurative Meaning

spill the beans

Affixes = Prefixes and Suffixes Root Word = Base Word Create New Words.Suffix/Prefix Machine http://websites.ntl.com/%7Efixbyji/literacy/suffixprefix.htm

word unhappy kindness

root word



new word

Literary Elements

Onomatopoeia- is the use of a word that imitates the sound that it stands for, such as hiss.

Simile- compares two different things, usually using the words like or as.

http://www.rhlschool.com/eng3n25.htm popping


1. 2.

as hungry as a horse crazy like a fox

Free Verse


PBS: Free Verse

To summarize a story, you must identify the most important ideas or events. Event

Comprehension Regional Speech

Peoples everyday speech is often influenced by the history and culture of the place in which they live. When we travel, we can hear differences in pronunciation. The setting of Because of Winn-Dixie takes place in a town in Florida. Where is Florida located in the United States? She didnt weigh hardly anything at all.

Reflection: Day 1
Using a word web or simple chart, analyze the denotation and connotation of the word peculiar. Use the dictionary and your prior knowledge. Does peculiar have a positive or negative connotation? Why do you feel that way?

Reflection: Day 2
Summarize the information in the second paragraph on page 546 to explain how an action that the narrator takes puts the events of the story in motion. On page 549, the narrator says WinnDixie has a large heart. What connotation does the word heart have?

Reflection: Day 3
How do would you summarize Miss Frannys experience with the bear? Why is the last paragraph on page 552 important to the story? What is the connotation of the word grand when Miss Franny says, Why, that would be grand. . . just grand? (page 554)

Reflection: Day 4
On page 558, the poet did not use a simile in the first nine lines of the poem, but has compared several things. What simile can you create to show one of her comparisons? How does the authors use of onomatopoeia bring the words from her book to life?

Reflection: Day 5
Besides the word popped, what other examples of onomatopoeia can you find in the poem on pages 558-559? Compare the narrator in the poem on pages 558-559 with the narrator in Because of Winn-Dixie. How are they alike? How are they different?