Challenges Zoe Faces

Challenges Zoe Faces
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Zoe is a 12 year old girl who lives just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. It is summertime, and she is focused on becoming the best kid baker that has ever been. Her world is changed when she receives a letter from her birth father, Marcus, who has been in prison since before she was born. Zoe had always thought that he was guilty of a horrible crime and that he was a bad man. However, as she continues to secretly exchange letters with her father, Zoe learns that perhaps things are not as they seem. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is a heartwarming story about family and loyalty. It also educates readers about systemic racism within the justice system in present day America.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Storyboard Description

Zoe Washington faces many challenges throughout the novel. Create a storyboard to illustrate three!

Storyboard Text

  • Getting on The Baking Show
  • Nope, this doesn't taste right. Too sweet!
  • Keeping Things a Secret
  • Please, just a little longer!
  • Zoe, we are going to have to tell them soon.
  • Proving Innocence
  • I'm sorry, I don't remember. I wish I could be more help.
  • Zoe has been waiting forever to turn 12 years old so that she can audition for the Kids Baking Challenge on TV. Her parents let her intern at a bakery in order to get practice, then they will decide if she can try out.
  • Zoe hides the fact that she is writing to Marcus from her mother. Her Grandma is helping her, and they both feel guilty about lying and sneaking around.
  • Zoe struggles to find Marcus' alibi witness, Sarah Thomas. When she finally finds her, Sarah does not remember Marcus.
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