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Teacher's Guide

Jazmin's NotebookDanitra Brown,Class Clown
by Nikki Grimes
illustrated byE.B. Lewis
Amistad, 2005
ISBN: 0-688-17290-3

DiscussionGuide:

1.

Describe Dantira. How is she like Zuri? How is she different?

2.

How does Danitra save Zuri from embarrassment?

3.

Why do Danitra and Zuri get split up in class? Has this ever happened to you?

4.

Does Danitra care what others think about what she eats or wears? How do you know? What is Zuri’s special talent? What is yours?

5.

Do you think Miss Volchek is a good teacher? Why or why not? What makes a good teacher?

6.

What subject does Zuri struggle with at school? How does Danitra help?

7.

What makes Zuri and Danitra such good friends?

8.

How does Zuri’s feelings about Miss Volchek change throughout the book?

9.

What do you think Danitra and Zuri’s next year will be like?

10.

Which poem is your favorite? Why?

11.

Which illustration is your favorite?

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