Unit 5, Week 1 Because of Winn-Dixie

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					   Unit 5, Week 1
Because of Winn-Dixie
      Mrs. Murray’s 4th Grade
        eMINTS Classroom
     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.
                                VCCV Game
   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.
       Phonics Continued
• plastic   plas tic

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

         Quia 1   Quia 2
              Story Words
• 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
  to compare.
• 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.
•   Connotation:
    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
             Connotation/Denotation Game
• Denotation- dictionary meaning
• Connotation- feelings or ideas associated
  with the word....often these ideas are
  either positive (good) or negative (bad)
• Powerpoint for teaching
  Denotation/Connotation, positive/negative

• Practice Positive and Negitive
     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

• http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/infer
   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
  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/

        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


             Literary Elements
  •   Onomatopoeia- is the use of a word that imitates the sound that it stands for,
      such as hiss.
  •   http://interactives.mped.org/preview_mg.aspx?id=736&title=
  •   Simile- compares two different things, usually using the words like or as.
  •   http://www.rhlschool.com/eng3n25.htm

hissing                         popping

                                                 1.     as hungry as a horse
                                                 2.     crazy like a fox

                                  Free Verse               Poetry         PBS: Free Verse
Comprehension: Evaluate
• 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
    or events.
    Summary Practice
• Parts of a Summary
• Summary Practice
            Regional Speech
• 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
  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 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?

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