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    "Because of Winn Dixie"
    By Rosalind Orofino

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    I just began the book also with my class. In the past I used this book to help fourth graders to carry main ideas and theme across the chapters of the book. This is also a great book with a strong character. We create sociograms and character webs. As a part of grammar we examine DiCamillo's use of language and punctuation to create an emphasis..."And ugly. ..." I follow this novel with Cynthia Rylant's "The Van Gogh Cafe" The chapter formats are similar and the writing style is similar. I end with reading The Tiger Rising in June. By then the children really focus on reading like writer's and compare the style of writing, character development and themes in the story.

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