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The Phoenix of Barkley Street by Zetta Elliott

Updated: Aug 16, 2021


This is a reading guide designed to accompany book #1 in author Zetta Elliott’s City Kids Series: The Phoenix on Barkley Street. We recommend that grownups read the focus book and the reading guide content BEFORE reading with young readers. This guide will help you prepare your own questions for your young reader(s) and choose vocabulary, history, and other related topics to integrate into your learning and discussion. Reading Guide content was written by Zapoura Newton-Calvert and was designed to start or deepen anti-racist and anti-bias conversations in families and other learning communities.

Check out a few snapshots of this Reading Guide below or click to get the full-length PDF. What is included in each full-length guide?

  1. Welcome and Note

  2. Information on Reading Guide Design

  3. A table of Learning for Justice Standards correlated to moments in the Reading Guide book.

  4. Discussion questions designed using the Learning for Justice standards.

  5. Resources/Activities

  6. Recommended Next Reads


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