Because of Winn-Dixie Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you deepen your students' understanding of 'Because of Winn-Dixie' by Katie DiCamillo. Students will use the text lesson to guide them in plot summary and character analysis before applying concepts to a culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize plot in Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
  • describe and analyze characters and setting in Because of Winn-Dixie


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Summary of Because of Winn-Dixie, one for each student
  • Copies of the text Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Character List

  • India Opal Buloni
  • Mr. Buloni/the Preacher
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Miss Franny Block
  • Otis
  • Gloria Dump

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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