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Reading Summer Book Club for 4th & 5th Grade - 5 Genres in 11 Weeks!

Book Club: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

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Tristan - Book Clubs/Reading Comprehension
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(394)
In this 5-week book club, learners will read and discuss "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. This will be a fun book club for your learner and a great way to strengthen their reading comprehension skills.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Engage in learning dialogues with the teacher and peers.
Predict story events.
Search the text to select appropriate information when answering questions.
Practice using story clues and prior knowledge (schema) to make inferences about the story. 
Practice using context clues to discover the meaning of unknown words.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings).
Make connections
Explore themes
Engage in critical discussion of shared texts.
Read for the sheer joy of it, learning to value one another as readers and learners.
Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite authors. When I taught in the classroom, I always used Kate DiCamillo’s books to read aloud to my students because she does a great job of helping readers to learn important life lessons and think deeply. I also have a Masters in Reading, and it is my goal to help your child think deeper about the texts that they read. It would be my pleasure to share this amazing reading adventure with your child.
Homework Offered
Reading Schedule: (Please do not read ahead of our schedule so that we can all enjoy the story together.) Prior to our first meeting read chapters 1-5. Prior to our second meeting read chapters 6-10 and answer journal question #1. Prior to our third meeting read chapters 11-15 and answer journal question #2. Prior to our fourth meeting read chapters 16-21 and answer journal question #3. Prior to our fifth meeting read chapters 22-26 and answer journal question #4. **A PDF file of journal discussion questions will be attached to the classroom after our first meeting. Please print or use a separate sheet of paper to write your answers down. We will share our answers during class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Learners will need a copy of the book, "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. Ideas for finding the book include Amazon, Walmart, Target, libraries, audio, or used book stores. All other materials will be provided in the Outschool classroom.

**A PDF file of journal discussion questions will be attached to the classroom after our first meeting. Please print or use a separate sheet of paper to write your answers down. We will share our answers with the group during our sessions.
"Because of Winn-Dixie" tackles some real-life struggles, such as abandonment, alcoholism, death, and coping with change as a child. These problems are approached delicately, without excessive detail.

- Opal's mother left her and her father and had a drinking problem that caused problems within the family. 
- Opal's father explains how some people have pathological fears when Winn-Dixie gets scared during a thunderstorm. 
- There were some unkind name-calling incidents between Opal and the Dewberry brothers.
- Otis has been to jail and reveals the reason why after Opal asks him.
- Miss Franny uses the phrase "war is hell," which sparks a discussion in the book on appropriate language.
- In Chapter 15, Miss Franny Block suggests Opal read, "Gone with the Wind" to Gloria and tells the story of her great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. (However, references to the book, "Gone with the Wind" were removed in the 20th-anniversary edition.)
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(394)
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Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page! My name is Tristan, and I am looking forward to sharing my passion for teaching reading with you. 

I am a licensed elementary teacher in the state of Tennessee, with B.A in Early Childhood Education and... 
Group Class

$60

for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
40 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
1-6 learners per class

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