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...
.

 

Bronx Masquerade

Webquest

 

 

 

The students find their voices through slam poetry. So what makes slam poetry so unique and powerful?

Slam poetry is an increasingly more popular form of poetry and one that is gaining recognition in academic poetry publications and contests. However, slam poetry has been popular since the early 1990s.

Read more: How to Write Slam Poetry | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2058321_write-slam-poetry.html#ixzz1GIV7uKfZ
Slam poetry is an increasingly more popular form of poetry and one that is gaining recognition in academic poetry publications and contests. However, slam poetry has been popular since the early 1990s.

Read more: How to Write Slam Poetry | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2058321_write-slam-poetry.html#ixzz1GIV7uKfZ

Slam poetry is an increasingly more popular form of poetry and one that is gaining recognition in academic poetry publications and contests. However, slam poetry has been popular since the early 1990s. One of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry during the 1990s, slam has revitalized interest in poetry in performance. Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America; while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner.

 

Slam poetry is an increasingly more popular form of poetry and one that is gaining recognition in academic poetry publications and contests. However, slam poetry has been popular since the early 1990s.

Read more: How to Write Slam Poetry | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2058321_write-slam-poetry.html#ixzz1GIV7uKfZ

LINKS:

Bronx High School Dropout Rates

Langston Hughes

Knicks Poetry Slam

Teen Dating Violence

Teen Pregnancy

Taylor Mali Slam Poetry

Teen Poetry

 

Bronx Masquerade

by Nikki Grimes

2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award
Best Book for Young Adults
Children's Literature Choice

 
This is the story of Mr. Ward's high school English classroom in the Bronx.  His students are in the midst of a poetry lesson on the Harlem Renaissance when a student inspired by Langston Hughes asks to share a poem that he has written.  The poem is so popular, that another student volunteers to share, and then another.  Soon, the whole class is so involved in their poetry recitations that Mr. Ward sets Friday's aside for slam poetry.  As the classmates reveal their innermost thoughts and fears, they begin to find ways to relate to one another.   
 
There are eighteen different students represented in the book.  Each student has a unique voice characterized in a brief tale of their lives, as well as the sharing of their poetry.  The reader is able to clearly envision the lives and the concerns of these students, as their unique personalities are unveiled.  These teenagers are dealing with real problems: pregnancy, abusive relationships, and low self-esteem.  The reader is swept away on a journey with the students as they begin to bond and form lasting friendships that will help them to survive in the harsh world around them.
 

Your Task:

Your task is very simple:  You are to follow the links below to get a better understanding of the Bronx and the issues that face many teenagers who grow up there. 

Many of the websites that you will be visiting hold a vast amount of information about very sensitive information. Please be as mature as possible in reviewing this information. Because we are pressed for time, it will be up to you to decide how much time you are to spend on each site, but you are welcome to visit this site again from home if you would like to learn more.  However, use your time wisely to complete this project during your assigned lab time before you go off course exploring. 

Here are some guidelines

 to remember while answering you questions:

  1. Read each webpage carefully.
  2. Answer your questions carefully and accurately.
  3. Use complete sentences.
  4. Take your time and be neat.

Click here to access a copy of the worksheet if you don't already one. 

Okay, let's get started!

First let's make sure you understand what you need to do.  The links on the left are for you to explore.  It is important that you read carefully.  You aren't only reading for the answers, but to get a better understanding about the life of Holiday and her music. 

So get your pencil, paper, and reading eyes ready for the quest! If you get lost, just click on the back button of the browser or ask Mrs. Feniello or Miss Cook for help.

 

 

 

NikkiGrimes