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Activity Overview

Throughout the novel, Zoe faces a number of challenges at her young age. She struggles with her friendship with Trevor, she has a hard time achieving her goal of getting on the baking TV show, and she lies and hides the fact that she's corresponding with her birth father who’s in jail. Perhaps her biggest challenge of all is proving her father’s innocence. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate at least three challenges Zoe faces throughout the course of the novel. They should use evidence from the text to describe how Zoe overcomes these challenges.

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Objective: Create a spider map that identifies challenges that Zoe faces in From the Desk of Zoe Washington. Illustrate instances of each challenge and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the challenges you wish to include and write them in the headings.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this challenge using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text


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