Ideas for Lessons
Opal enjoyed having a list of ten things that she could remember about someone who was important to her. For example, Opal could tell people and herself ten things that she could remember about her mama. Opal also had a list of ten things that she always wanted to remember about Winn-Dixie.
Think of someone you know who is important to you. Then come up with your own list of ten things that you would like to always remember about that person. Write out the list so that you won’t forget it. If you would like to, share your list with the person about whom you wrote it.
Sample Activity #1
Imagine that you are now the owner of Littmus W. Block’s candy factory. Littmus is sad that the Littmus Lozenge has lost its popularity, but he trusts you to come up with another candy that will be a big success. Just like the Littmus Lozenge, your candy should make people feel a certain emotion and have a certain flavor.
Brainstorm different emotions that you would like to put into a candy. Select an emotion, and then decide on a flavor, a name, and a slogan. When you have your candy invented, come up with an advertisement displaying your new candy and how it will make a person feel. Be creative! You want to make your candy just as big of a seller as the Littmus Lozenge!!
Sample Activity #2
When Opal met Gloria Dump, Gloria told Opal that her eyes were not very good and that she could not see Opal that well. But Gloria said, “Why don’t you go on and tell me everything about yourself, so as I can see you with my heart.” Opal goes on to tell Gloria Dump all the important things that she wants Gloria to know about her. Pretend that you are meeting Gloria Dump, and you need to tell her some important things about yourself so that she can “see” you. Write a page or so telling Gloria about the things that are important to you, such as family, friends, or hobbies. Make sure that she can “see” something about you when you are done.
Sample Activity #3
This story is told through the eyes of Opal Buloni. Other characters are involved, but the reader does not get to know what they are thinking. Pick a scene that you enjoyed, and tell it through the eyes of someone else. For example, maybe you will rewrite the scene where Opal meets Winn-Dixie…but through the eyes of Winn-Dixie!! Be creative and have fun!
Sample Activity #4
Imagine that you are going to plan a picnic for your friends, just like Gloria Dump and Opal planned for their friends. What food would you make? Would there be a theme? Decorations? Who would you invite? Make an invitation that you would send out to your friends to tell them about the party. Make sure you tell them about the theme, food, location, and all of the other exciting stuff that will make them want to come to your party!!
If you would like more activities and lesson plans that can be used with Because of Winn-Dixie, go to this teaching web site.
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