Wrightsboro Elementary


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School Read

Because of Winn-Dixie book cover

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

About Our School Read...
This year we are excited to do something new with all of our Cool Cat Families. Every student received a copy of the book Because of Winn-Dixie today (1 copy per family). This is your family’s book to keep. We invite you to read this book along with us over the next several weeks! This is a great opportunity to spend time together reading as a family and engage with the entire school community! Each week we will read the same chapters in the book. Happy Reading!
Videos, Trivia, & More...
Wrightsboro staff have recorded themselves reading the chapters from the book so you can choose to read the book at home together or listen as a family. We will share the new chapter videos each week on ClassDojo and here on the school website. There will also be discussion questions to guide your conversation. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes at school with the daily trivia question! Let’s get reading!
Show Us Your Reading! #coolcatsread
We would love to see our Cool Cat families reading together! Take a picture and post to social media using the hashtag #coolcatsread so we can see all of our amazing readers. 
Save the Date!
We will be celebrating our School Read on Nov. 15th! Please save the date and plan to join us at 5:30 that evening! More details will be provided soon.
Date Chapters
Sept. 21st-26th Introduction-Chapter 3
Sept. 27th-Oct. 3rd Chapters 4-7
Oct. 4th-10th Chapters 8-10
Oct. 11th-17th Chapters 11-14
Oct. 18th-24th Chapters 15-18
Oct. 25th-31st Chapters 19-21
Nov. 1st-7th Chapters 22-24
Nov. 8th-14th Chapters 25-End of the Book


Chapter Videos & Questions

September 21st-26th

  • Trivia Question - Who is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie?
  • Trivia Question - What did Opal name the dog she found at the grocery store?
  • Discussion Question - Opal finds a dog when she goes to the grocery store. The manager isn't happy the dog is in the grocery store. Opal wonders what her dad will think about the dog. How do you think her dad will feel?
  • Trivia Question - What job does Opal's father have?
  • Discussion Question - Opal hopes her dad will let her keep Winn-Dixie because he is a "suffering dog" and her dad cares a lot about "suffering people." What does it mean to suffer? Do you think the dog is a "suffering dog?" Why or why not? Can you make a text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world connection about suffering?
  • Trivia Question - Why does Opal say she and Winn-Dixie are almost like orphans?
  • Discussion Question - Opal and the preacher recently moved and she had to leave all of her friends. Have you ever moved or been the new person somewhere? How did that make you feel? Did you feel similar or different than Opal?

September 27th - October 3rd

  • Trivia Question - How many things does the preacher tell Opal about her mama?
  • Discussion Question -  Opal wrote all of the things the preacher told her about her mama down and then repeated them until she memorized them. How do you think this list made Opal feel? Can you think of someone in your family you've wanted to know more about? Ask them and take time to learn more about them.
  • Trivia Question - What does Winn-Dixie do when he is left alone?
  • Discussion Question - Winn-Dixie doesn't like to be left alone. Opal also feels lonely sometimes because she misses her mama. Feeling lonely is something Winn-Dixie and Opal have in common. Can you think of something else they have in common? What is a difference between Winn-Dixie and Opal?
  • Trivia Question - Miss Franny screams when she sees Winn-Dixie through the window. What does she think Winn-Dixie is?
  • Discussion Question - Miss Franny felt embarrassed when she realized that Winn-Dixie was a dog. Embarrassed means to make someone uncomfortable, feel ashamed, humiliated, upset. Why do you think Miss Franny was embarrassed? Have you ever felt embarrassed? What made you feel embarrassed?
  • Trivia Question - What did Miss Franny ask her dad for her birthday when she was a little girl?
  • Discussion Question - Miss Franny uses a variety of imagery to describe the bear. She described the smell, how she felt, the way the bear looked through descriptive language and compared the bear to everyday things to help Opal picture it. Authors use imagery to paint a picture in our minds. Look around you and pick out something to describe. Use multiple senses (touch, smell, sight, taste, sound) just like Miss Franny did.

October 4th-10th

  • Trivia Question - What does Opal want to get from the pet store?
  • Discussion Question - What is the biggest difference in Opal’s life at the end of chapter eight compared to the beginning of the story? Describe and explain the difference.
  • Trivia Question - What does Gloria Dump give Opal and Winn-Dixie to eat?
  • Discussion Question - Dunlap and Stevie Dewberry followed Opal on her bike and told her that Gloria Dump is a witch. Is Gloria Dump a witch? Describe her. Gloria Dump asks Opal to tell her everything about her "so as I can see you with my heart". What do you think it means to "see someone with your heart?"
  • Trivia Question - What kind of tree does Opal plant?
  • Discussion Question - Have you ever heard one thing about a person, but then your opinion changed once you got to know him or her? Opal's opinion of Gloria Dump changed. How did her opinion of Gloria Dump change?