WebQuest for Bronx Masquerade-Nikki
Grimes, author, poet, lecturer and educator, was born in Harlem, New York,
and raised amongst the endless boroughs of New York City as a child of the
foster care system. Grimes began composing at the young age of six and has
been writing ever since. Despite her troubled childhood marked by a
dysfunctional and badly broken home, Grimes' stories are refreshingly
hopeful and optimistic. Grimes writes primarily about young African
American characters with whom young adults can identify, although readers of
all ages are able to see bits of themselves in her highly diverse
characters. In order to give life and meaning to her characters, Grimes has
been known to draw upon her own childhood experiences.
Grimes has written an
abundance of works, which have included several award winners. Four of her
Young Adult books are recipients of the Coretta Scott King Award including,
Talking About Bessie, Meet Danitra Brown, Jazmin's Notebook,
and Bronx Masquerade. Grimes has also written some poetry
collections, which include A Pocketful of Poems, and Danitra Brown
Leaves Town. However, her list of accomplishments does not end there.
Grimes has also written Adult Fiction, namely, Portrait of Mary.
These are just a few out of the endless list of brilliant works created by
Steps in WebQuest
1. Read the book summary.
2. Search the hot sites and consider the story
themes, events and characters.
3. Answer the questions in the quiz by creating
a word document.
4. Visit the rubric to see the grading
Email the authors, Stephanie Rips
and Tracy McHugh.