What is bronx masquerade about

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what is bronx masquerade about

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon theyre having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. Theres Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother ODs. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.
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At a high school in the Bronx, students in Mr. Ward's English class are learning all about the Harlem Renaissance. When Mr. Ward assigns them an essay to write, Wesley, one of the kids in class, has the bright idea to write a poem instead—it's what they're studying, after all. Ward asks Wesley to read his poem out loud, and Open Mike Fridays yeah, we know it's spelled weird, but that's how Mr. Ward likes to roll are born.

I woke up this morning exhausted from hiding the me of me so I stand here confiding there's more to Devon than jump shot and rim I dare you to peep behind these eyes, discover the poet in tough-guy disguise I've done my best to answer the questions I've been asked about the story behind Bronx Masquerade. Read my article, Bronx Masquerade: an Insider's Perspective. Your students are caught up in the excitement of Open Mike Friday.

When a high school teacher in the Bronx begins to host open-mike poetry in his classroom on Fridays, his students find a forum to express their identity issues and forge unexpected connections with one another. Grimes's Jazmin's Notebook creative, contemporary premise will hook teens, and the poems may even inspire readers to try a few of their own. The poetic forms range from lyrics penned by aspiring rapper Tyrone to the concrete poem of a budding Puerto Rican painter Raul titled "Zorro" and formed as the letter "Z". Ultimately, though, there may be too many characters for the audience to penetrate deeply. The students in Mr. Ward's English class experience everything from dyslexia and low self-esteem to teenage motherhood and physical abuse. The narrators trade off quickly, offering only a glimpse into their lives.

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Tyrone Bittingsappears in Tyrone Tyrone is an angry kid. He does not care about school. The only reason he goes to school is for his friends. He wants to be a hip-hop star, but he does not think he will live long enough to do so. His father died before he was 30 years-old in a drive-by shooting. His father had become clean and sober before he died so Tyrone has some good memories of him.


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