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Comprehension Guide
Jazmin's Notebook
Jazmin's Notebook
by Nikki Grimes
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998
ISBN: 0-8037-2224-9
Knowledge 1. List at least five characters fromJazmin's Notebook, and explain their relationship to her.
2. Describe Jazmin in your own words.
Comprehension 1. Explain how Jazmin came to live with her sister.
2. Describe what happened at the poker game.
Application 1. Select three short excerpts from Jazmin's Notebook that you think best describe her as a person.
2. List details that let you know the story takes place in the 1960s.
3. Then, explain how things are the same and different from that time until now.
Analyze 1.

Define the following poetic terms:personification, simile, metaphor, alliteration, assonance.

2. Choose two of Jazmin's poems to analyze. Find examples of at least three of the poetic elements listed above.
Synthesize 1. How would you have handled the situation at Carlton's apartment?What did you learn fromJazmin's experience?
2. Pretend Jazmin is your pen pal. Write her a letter that takes place after your favorite section of the book.
Evaluation 1. Which poem is your favorite?Why?
2.

Which scene do you think best reveals Jazmin's true character?Why?

Teacher's Guide provided by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Visit her website by clicking here.

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