Unit 5, Week 1
Because of Winn-Dixie
Mrs. Murray’s 4th Grade
O’Neal Elementary School
• 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
• When the two consonants are digraphs,
the word is divided either before the first
consonant or after the second.
• plastic plas tic
• positive-certain, sure
• snuffled-sniffed usually loudly
• consisted- made up
• peculiar- not usual; strange
Quia 1 Quia 2
• Memorial- something that is put up, kept, or done
to remember a person
• palmetto- a palm tre with leaves shaped like fans
• Free-Verse- usually doesn’t rhyme or have a set
rhythm ............it contains other poetic elements,
such as imagery, figurative language, and
• onomatopoeia- the use of words which sound like
the noise they refer to. `Hiss', `buzz', and `rat-
a-tat-tat' are examples of onomatopoeia.
• similes- an expression which describes a person
or thing as being similar to someone or something
else...........similes usually use the words like and as
• Denotation- dictionary meaning
• Connotation- feelings or ideas associated with the word
• Examples: The words home, house, residence and dwelling all have the same
denotation, but the connotation of each word is very different.
• Denotation: Where a person lives at any given time.
Home: cozy, loving, comfortable
House: the actual building or structure
Residence: cold, no feeling
Dwelling: primitive or basic surroundings
Word Denotation Connotation
beyond the better than others
beginning level ahead of the rest
• Denotation- dictionary meaning
• Connotation- feelings or ideas associated
with the word....often these ideas are
either positive (good) or negative (bad)
• Powerpoint for teaching
• Practice Positive and Negitive
• 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
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 Opal’s life in a ________ way.
• His coat had no _____, or unpleasant, odor.
• Winn-Dixie was smart, more ____________ than the
• 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.
Idiom Figurative Meaning Literal Meaning
face- to face
face the music
Accept the unpleasant music-
consequences of one's
spill the beans
• Affixes = Prefixes and Suffixes
• Root Word = Base Word
• Create New Words….Suffix/Prefix Machine
word root word prefix suffix new word
• 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.
1. as hungry as a horse
2. crazy like a fox
Free Verse Poetry PBS: Free Verse
• Good readers ask themselves questions as
they read. For example, Why has the
author included these details? Why has
the author described the character this
• When good readers ask and answer these
questions as they read, they increas their
understanding of the story and the
author’s purpose for writing it.
• To summarize a story, you must identify the most important ideas
• Parts of a Summary
• Summary Practice
• People’s 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 didn’t 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
• 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 Winn-
Dixie has a large heart. What connotation
does the word heart have?
Reflection: Day 3
• How would you summarize Miss Franny’s
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
• How does the author’s 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?