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    By MrsCrystal

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    When I read it with my lower 5th grade readers, we kept a running list of things that started with the phrase "Because of Winn-Dixie..." Believe it or not, something that simple brought out a TON of really thoughtful observations! Some examples they came up with were:

    Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal isn't lonely anymore.
    ...Opal met (whoever--can't remember character names anymore!)
    ...Opal learned how to communicate with her dad

    There's also a lot you can do with figurative language: the imagery of the father as a turtle with his head pulled in is repeated several times, and the book is full of similes, metaphors, and personification.

    Hope that helps!

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