Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Take a look at the reviews posted for the Bronx
Masquerade on this website. Do you agree or disagree with what they have to
say? Write a paragraph of your own reviewing the Bronx Masquerade.
Choose one or two poems from the current month's online
poetry journal. What did you think of the poem/poems? Give at least two
examples of aspects of the poem/poems that you liked, and two questions you have
after reading the poem/poems.
Give a brief summary of what you have learned about the
Harlem Renaissance. Choose one of the authors mentioned in the summary, and
explore the link to that author. What did you think of his/her work?
Choose two of the poems here created by high school
students that you enjoyed. What about these poems spoke to you? What did you
like about them? What didn't you understand? Is there anything you would like
to know more about after reading these poems?
The students in the Bronx Masquerade wrote about
many important issues in their lives. After reading the article about the
Knicks' Poetry Slam, do you feel that the kids who participated in this activity
wrote about similar issues? If you were to write slam poetry of your own, what
would you write about?
As you can tell, Langston Hughes made many
accomplishments throughout his lifetime. Early on, Wesley writes a poem about
the author. What aspects of his life do you think were inspiring to Wesley? Do
you think they share any similarities? If so, what?
Two of the students in the Bronx Masquerade were
dealing with issues concerning teen pregnancy. One was a teen mother, and the
other desperately wanted to be. Based on the knowledge you got from reading
about this issue, which character do you feel you relate to most? Why? What
issues do you think teen parents face?
In the beginning of the Bronx Masquerade, one of
the student's talks about dating violence. What constitutes dating violence?
What are some of the signs that may indicate a friend or loved one is being
abused? What do you feel would be the right thing for this character to have
done? What would you have done if you were in the same situation?