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"The Lesson," by Toni Cade Bambara (1972)

Author: Toni Cade Bambara

Bambara,Toni Cade. "The Lesson." Literature: a Portable Anthology, edited by Janet E. Gardner et al., Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017.

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Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid or young and foolish and me and Sugar were the only ones just right, this lady moved on our block with nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup. And quite naturally we laughed at her, laughed the way we did at the junk man who went about his business like he was some big-time president and his sorry-ass horse his secretary. And we kinda hated her too, hated the way we did the winos who cluttered up our parks and pissed on our handball walls and stank up our hallways and stairs so you couldn’t halfway play hide-and-seek without a goddamn gas mask. Miss Moore was her name. The only woman on the block with no first name. And she was black as hell, cept for her feet, which were fish-white and spooky. And she was always planning these boring-ass things for us to do, us being my cousin, mostly, who lived on the block cause we all moved North the same time and to the same apartment then spread out gradual to breathe. And our parents would yank our heads into some kinda shape and crisp up our clothes so we’d be presentable for travel with Miss Moore, who always looked like she was going to church though she never did. Which is just one of the things the grownups talked about when they talked behind her back like a dog. But when she came calling with some sachet she’d sewed up or some gingerbread she’d made or some book, why then they’d all be too embarrassed to turn her down and we’d get handed over all spruced up. She’d been to college and said it was only right that she should take responsibility for the young ones’ education, and she not even related by marriage or blood. So they’d go for it. Specially Aunt Gretchen. She was the main gofer in the family. You got some ole dumb shit foolishness you want somebody to go for, you send for Aunt Gretchen. She been screwed into the go-along for so long, it’s a blood-deep natural thing with her. Which is how she got saddled with me and Sugar and Junior in the first place while our mothers were in a la-de-da apartment up the block having a good ole time.

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Denieris Marte (Dec 10 2019 3:26PM) : by reading this part of the story I notice that by saying " back in the days were everyone was old and stupid" its explaining that in the time were black and white people did not get along that's why is saying that people were stupids. because based on a more

racial characteristic people do not enjoy together the meaning of having a good time because all the inequality that African American people were living or suffering.

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Denieris Marte (Dec 10 2019 3:39PM) : an overall comment that I understand about the whole story is that the lesson is about a group of young African american stuents that visited a place or a store I can not understand were they were but what I do understand is that everything in the place more

was so expensive and therefore they did understand that the world was not divided fair and the whole world was full of bull**** because of the racial and economic division.

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Housseynatou Diallo (Dec 12 2019 3:02PM) : This part of the story shows how the kids did not care about the effort that Miss Moore was doing. Maybe she was trying to help with their future.
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Kiatalin Bonilla (Feb 13 2020 9:43AM) : I agree because she trying to do the best for these kids and they acting like they do not care about it
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Keily Mendez (Feb 06 2020 9:22AM) : similar to my life more

This reminds me of.. the environment that i live on.
This makes me think of.. the same language the writer is using is what people these days.

this is similar to my personal life because sometimes your friends/family.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:36AM) : sometimes your friends/family what?
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Kiatalin Bonilla (Feb 12 2020 9:14AM) : I think this part of story made me thinking about that these kids do not care about what Ms.Moore saying.they only doing what they feel like and they want to do what they wanted to do
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Cristy Infante (Feb 26 2020 9:00AM) : the narrator speak like a young wild kid who hates the whole neighborhood for no reasons. [Edited] more

describes as a child who hated and judged people over appearances.

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yeury nicasio (Mar 05 2020 9:09AM) : she wants to take her of the young kids because she probably want them to be successful in life.
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Jose Fragoso (Sep 17 2021 1:47PM) : The teengers don't want to be exposed to any new wolrd and theink thay moore is saying useless things, but, in fact, she is trying to guide them.
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Nerida Nunez (Sep 24 2021 3:43PM) : I think these kids hate this lady because she different form them. Most of these kids are poor. some of them have house and other doesn't have them. By seeing her they are kind of jailhouse But the test didn't not say it but we can feel.
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Abel Borbon (Sep 24 2021 3:49PM) : i like how I instantly knew this person “miss Moore” was gonna be a character of great importance to the story. that and someone who would be annoying the author through the story as the previous and next sentence says the type of person Miss Moore is.
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El-Hossin Salem (Dec 10 2019 3:28PM) : She is narrating a story about her when she was a teenager and naive.
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Denieris Marte (Dec 10 2019 3:44PM) : good comment and great wait to start but I think you should've to make a longer comment where people could usually understand more about what is the story about
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students Ahmed edhah (Dec 10 2019 3:36PM) : She use the flashback to start the story about the past. [Edited]
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Denieris Marte (Dec 10 2019 3:45PM) : good observation
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:00PM) : characterization more

this line is describing how miss Moore look and how people are making fun on her attitude of being a person who believe in history

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Yeanoor Chowdhury (Jan 15 2020 9:13PM) : In this sentence the boys are having negative comment about the people in the society. they thinks he and his friends sugar were only one right. They were also talking about the women who shifted on their neighoure
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:08PM) : Teenager spirit more

Teenagers always think that they are right and they have the world in their hand.

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yeury nicasio (Mar 04 2020 9:03AM) : i agree with because teenagers these days think everything they do is good. ( not every teenager)
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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:18AM) : This sentence indicates that the narrator was stupid and naive in his adolescence.
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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 05 2020 9:34AM) : before their headed to the store there was a lady that moved in to the neighborhood with nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup. I feel like its disrespectful to talk about someone that way.
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 05 2020 9:35AM) : I agree...How old do you think the kids in the story are? [Edited]
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:08AM) : maybe like 7-11 years old
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:11AM) : it look like she telling her live story when she was a young more

she use that word back in the days like when she was a little girl or young

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:19AM) : I agree. It has a lot of details that seem to be remembered, like thoughts and feelings.
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Kiatalin Bonilla (Feb 12 2020 8:59AM) : Not only back in the days it still go on now in these days when everyone was old and act like they are stupid and foolish
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yeury nicasio (Feb 25 2020 9:40AM) : this sentence make me think that this story is just all jokes because the way this guy is reading it and they was its reading.
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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:22AM) : why is she defining everyone old and stupid or young and foolish but she and sugar were the only right people?
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Angel Guerra (Feb 27 2020 12:09PM) : why exactly did the kids not like miss Moore ?
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khaled alsayedi (Mar 05 2020 9:13AM) : Why were these two people just rigt?
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Housseynatou Diallo (Dec 12 2019 2:56PM) : This sentence makes me think that it was a time where people make fun of others and there will be no consequences. They judge others by their looks and behaviors.
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Dewry Corcino (Feb 05 2020 9:19AM) : the kids hated the women in the block cause we all moved north the same time and to the same apartment.
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 05 2020 9:36AM) : Look again more

I think there is a stronger reason why they say they hate her….do you think they REALLY hate her, or she just annoys them?

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:13PM) : Slum area more

This is shows that the teenager were living in a slum area aroound toxic people

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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:21AM) : the narrator neighborhood seems to be a slum area which is filled with homeless people.
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Dewry Corcino (Feb 05 2020 9:22AM) : why they hated the women from the block [Edited]
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Dawry Corcino (Feb 05 2020 9:32AM) : why they hated ms.moore
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:10AM) : i don't get it why they hating on her for she seem like a nice person or is there another reason why they disliked her?
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:24AM) : She's pushing them outside their comfort zone:They want to swim, she makes them go to museums and stores. She makes them think about calculating a tip.She makes them think about money and society.She makes them think about uncomfortable things.
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Ramon Pichardo (Feb 06 2020 9:17AM) : shes just trying to keep her loves ones safe. more

you cant hate somebody that is just trying to keep you out of danger, because shes the only whos gonna saved you if you get in trouble.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:24AM) : That situation isn't really unsafe; it's just smelly.
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:20AM) : i think there where a problem bittwin they too more

because she didn’t let then play hide and seek

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Dawry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 12:09PM) : ms.moore trying to teach those kids how to be respeful outside the ghetto.
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Brenda Romero (Feb 24 2020 9:47AM) : They say that they "hated" this woman but I don't actually think they hated her. She was an unusual woman to them in that neighborhood, they werent used to people like her.
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yeury nicasio (Feb 26 2020 9:45AM) : i agree with you because if nobody teach them then when they out anywhere they won't know how to be respectful
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chrstopher soriano (Feb 06 2020 9:23AM) : opinion (purple highlight) more

i like how I instantly knew this person “miss Moore” was gonna be a character of great importance to the story. that and someone who would be annoying the author through the story as the previous and next sentence says the type of person Miss Moore is.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:37AM) : Yes...sometimes we learn a lot from annoying people.
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Aboubakar Dabre (Dec 10 2019 3:32PM) : I think these kids hate this lady because she different form them. Most of these kids are poor. some of them have house and other doesn't have them. By seeing her they are kind of jailhouse But the test didn't not say it but we can feel.
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:12AM) : yes i agree with you maybe because of that reason why they hate her but who.
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Idelkys Checo (Dec 12 2019 2:58PM) : It shows that Ms. Moore was teaching in a white people school. Those guys who were talking about her seem that they were white.
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:13AM) : i guess because she was only the black person that why those white people were talking bad to her. [Edited]
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Idelkys Checo (Dec 16 2019 4:09PM) : The author uses metaphor to describe the appearance of the women whom he was used to hate. I also infer that he and his friends did not support to look at her face. He reflects through the words how hard it was for them to see her, more

even when they were trying to play Hide and seek as well as handball

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Yeanoor Chowdhury (Jan 15 2020 9:20PM) : The children were describing about the Miss Moore very bad way which emphasized they have no manner to talk about someone
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Yeanoor Chowdhury (Dec 12 2019 2:56PM) : The bunch of boys were denouncing about the lady who lives in their neighborhood. They are racist against her.
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:14AM) : right :/
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yeury nicasio (Mar 04 2020 9:08AM) : i agree with you
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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 05 2020 9:38AM) : I understand how they feel about the activities she be wanting to do but its still not right to disrespect someone who's way older than you.
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Ramon Pichardo (Feb 06 2020 9:27AM) : if someone makes plans for you is because they cared. more

why would you get mad at somebody whos making plans for you, shes wasting her personal time on you so you can have fun.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:38AM) : Sometimes we don't realize things like that when we are young.
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yeury nicasio (Mar 04 2020 9:10AM) : really tho. they don't realize what is being a teen is . they still act like little kids
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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:15AM) : the kids are been ungrateful till they know is was for the best.
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yeury nicasio (Mar 04 2020 9:14AM) : really . they really ungrateful , they don't know what is to have fun.
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yeury nicasio (Feb 25 2020 9:42AM) : this part of the story is not a way to discribe someone because she atleast trying to find something to with kids on the block so they wont be bored and with nothing to do.
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Aboubakar Dabre (Dec 10 2019 3:38PM) : I think the Parents Notice that she is a good girl for the future or the change of their kids. That is why they organised this little trip for them. this girl Ms. Moor Is very kind. If it was me I would not bring them to the trip never.
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Idelkys Checo (Dec 16 2019 4:12PM) : He tries to describe they way in which she is organizing , school trips, and other things in the school. He also declares it because of the way in which Ms. Moore dresses up.
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Student Issaka Dabre (Jan 20 2020 8:06PM) : The kids life style more

The kids belong in low class in the society because they don’t even have presentable clothe in the case of traveling

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:09PM) : Miss Moore wasn't a goo person more

The teenagers think that she is not a good person and she always pretend

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Dawry Corcino (Feb 05 2020 9:25AM) : why she was not going to church in the first place
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 05 2020 9:38AM) : There are many reasons why people don't go to church.
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Alis Nunez (Mar 25 2020 1:41PM) : I AGREE WITH THAT
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Cristy Infante (Feb 25 2020 9:44AM) : This sentence shows how miss moore appearance had a lot of influence on the parents. more

this shows that just like today back in the days people appearance influence how well they were treated how much they should be respected.

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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:29AM) : Back in the days, people had to dressed presentable even young kids in order to go out.
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:07PM) : Description: Simile more

I said this is a simile because the author is using “like” to compare two things.

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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:25AM) : Ms. Moore was not religious at all and she probably speak non-sense.
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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:31AM) : Ms. Moore was actually poor like Sugar and his friend, but she was rich relatively.
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Leticia Zang (Dec 10 2019 3:42PM) : I like this sentence because she takes care about other young people to who she did not have any connection with. [Edited] more
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:11PM) : I think that Miss is a lady who is trying to teach other the importance of education and been educated. she doesn't even have any relationship just focus on herself.
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students Ahmed edhah (Jan 08 2020 11:42PM) : Ms.Moore have really good heart. more

She’s really good lady (Ms.Moore) because she used her life and college experience to help young people who’s not from her family and guide them to the right path (Education), while that time where most young African American male and female were accept their unfairly situation and not dreaming to go far and having better future by fight to learn and being educated.

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Student Issaka Dabre (Jan 20 2020 8:11PM) : Ms. Moore have decided to take care of the young education which to her was mandatory
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cristin tolentino (Feb 05 2020 9:26AM) : Ms.moore is really such a wonderful good person not only she care about her education but others young one's as well.
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 05 2020 9:39AM) : She's probably smart enough to know why they are reluctant to go on these trips.
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 8:41AM) : of course
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Glendy Rosario Taveras (Feb 06 2020 9:46AM) : Since she went to college, she felt responsible to help young people from her community.
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Lenin Vanderhorst (Feb 08 2020 7:13PM) : This demonstrate that Miss Morre is a caring person because she worries about the kids education.
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So this one day Miss Moore rounds us all up at the mailbox and it’s puredee hot and she’s knockin herself out about arithmetic. And school suppose to let up in summer I heard, but she don’t never let up. And the starch in my pinafore scratching the shit outta me and I’m really hating this nappy-head bitch and her goddamn college degree. I’d much rather go to the pool or to the show where it’s cool. So me and Sugar leaning on the mailbox being surly, which is a Miss Moore word. And Flyboy checking out what everybody brought for lunch. And Fat Butt already wasting his peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich like the pig he is. And Junebug punchin on Q.T.’s arm for potato chips. And Rosie Giraffe shifting from one hip to the other waiting for somebody to step on her foot or ask her if she from Georgia so she can kick ass, preferably Mercedes’. And Miss Moore asking us do we know what money is like we a bunch of retards. I mean real money, she say, like it’s only poker chips or monopoly papers we lay on the grocer. So right away I’m tired of this and say so. And would much rather snatch Sugar and go to the Sunset and terrorize the West Indian kids and take their hair ribbons and their money too. And Miss Moore files that remark away for next week’s lesson on brotherhood, I can tell. And finally I say we oughta get to the subway cause it’s cooler an’ besides we might meet some cute boys. Sugar done swiped her mama’s lipstick, so we ready.

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Denieris Marte (Dec 10 2019 3:34PM) : looking at this paragraph I can infer that African American Students were not having a good education and everything was so different from a black student perspective than from a rich white boy perspective there can talk about the lack of quality more

depending on the race and as well the author wants to show that Ms More would bring a better solution for the education in the society

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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:39AM) : The narrator is describing how his friends are very poor that their teacher ask them what money is.
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El-Hossin Salem (Jan 29 2020 11:37AM) : The narrator despises Ms. Moore because she always speak act foolishness.
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Dewry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:00AM) : i think this means that she is going to knockin herself out if she don't have the money to buy the microescope [Edited]
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:14PM) : she is having a difficulty because is conflicting with the students, and she is hearing any kind of insults
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Eros Montero (Jan 30 2020 3:49PM) : how the characters contrasted each other more

is a good resource to use while putting the three stories on your own perspective and is jut so well stated in different ways

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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:20AM) : the kids dont like her because they think she is better then them just bc she has a college degree
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Brenda Romero (Feb 24 2020 9:50AM) : These kids aren't used to people who went to collage because of how and where they grew up.
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Cristy Infante (Feb 25 2020 9:49AM) : The girl who has a real strong street vocabulary dont appreciate afford of miss Moore more

This shows how miss Moore is putting afford to guide this neighborhood girls on a better patch, but she dont see it that way and dont appreciate it

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Angel Guerra (Mar 10 2020 9:28AM) : so do the kids not like her because she has a collage degree ?
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:16PM) : The teenagers show a lot of agression toward ms Moree neither they care about education or pursuin a higher education
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:25AM) : she didn't like her more

she was trying to be not around miss moore thats much of time

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:40AM) : She has been on trips with her before and she knows she will have to THINK about something.
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:22PM) : Simile more

compare. I like the way the author is using simile every time she is telling the truth.

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yeury nicasio (Feb 25 2020 9:46AM) : that sentence i didn't like it because he discribe people in a bad way he ain't never discribe someone in a good way.
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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 06 2020 12:03PM) : they was hating on ms.moore because she was the only black women on the block that went to college.
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Idelkys Checo (Dec 16 2019 10:57PM) : I think Ms. Moore shows intellectualism when she askes the students common sense questions. yet the author shows ignorance and lack of respect
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:17PM) : Moore is trying to guide the teenagers and she think it's her abligation to do that
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Dawry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:04AM) : what they trying to say about this
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:27AM) : She's trying to say, "I know what real money is, I use it all the time in the store".
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Hanna Salem (Dec 12 2019 3:27PM) : This sentence is showing that miss Moore is trying to expose the kids o the culture outside of the ghetto.
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Student Issaka Dabre (Dec 12 2019 3:27PM) : The author mentioned how Miss Moore as the kids teacher makes remarks on some default that her students make and then turn them into life lesson
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So we heading down the street and she’s boring us silly about what things cost and what our parents make and how much goes for rent and how money ain’t divided up right in this country. And then she gets to the part about we all poor and live in the slums which I don’t feature. And I’m ready to speak on that, but she steps out in the street and hails two cabs just like that. Then she hustles half the crew in with her and hands me a five-dollar bill and tells me to calculate 10 percent tip for the driver. And we’re off. Me and Sugar and Junebug and Flyboy hangin out the window and hollering to everybody, putting lipstick on each other cause Flyboy a faggot anyway, and making farts with our sweaty armpits. But I’m mostly trying to figure how to spend this money. But they are fascinated with the meter ticking and Junebug starts laying bets as to how much it’ll read when Flyboy can’t hold his breath no more. Then Sugar lays bets as to how much it’ll be when we get there. So I’m stuck. Don’t nobody want to go for my plan, which is to jump out at the next light and run off to the first bar-b-que we can find. Then the driver tells us to get the hell out cause we there already. And the meter reads eighty-five cents. And I’m stalling to figure out the tip and Sugar say give him a dime. And I decide he don’t need it bad as I do, so later for him. But then he tries to take off with Junebug foot still in the door so we talk about his mama something ferocious. Then we check out that we on Fifth Avenue and everybody dressed up in stockings. One lady in a fur coat, hot as it is. White folks crazy.

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Kadidja El-Hadji (Dec 10 2019 3:41PM) : This line is great for me on the way I understand the story is Ms Moore is intentional because she want to know how is their community and the way the get survive.
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Student Issaka Dabre (Dec 10 2019 3:42PM) : This line in the story is connected to my recent economy class because it mentioned how wealth is not equality divided in the USA
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Abigail Zamora (Dec 10 2019 3:43PM) : opinion more

I think the author is trying to just show that she do not care about what Miss Moore is talking about but in her mind she really care about it

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Fatoumata Diallo (Dec 12 2019 12:26PM) : In this line Miss Moore want to show the children about the wealth inequality and to motivated them. To fight to have the better future.
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Hanna Salem (Dec 12 2019 2:59PM) : The narrator is showing that miss Moore is trying to educate the kids in her neighborhood.
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Leticia Zang (Dec 12 2019 3:03PM) : I think Moore wants to them to understand how the economy works in country because it cited how riches unequal in country.
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Hanna Salem (Dec 12 2019 3:28PM) : Miss Moore is trying to enlighten the kids about the wealth inequality they are witnessing.
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:19PM) : Moore is aware of the racial inequality in the U.S.
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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 06 2020 9:32AM) : I wanna know what did ms.moore did to them for them to be roasting her like the way they are.
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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:06AM) : They were just getting bored in the cab and started playing around.
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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:23AM) : mis moore is trying to educate the children on economy for their own good
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khaled alsayedi (Feb 27 2020 9:21AM) : the parent duty [Edited] more

they work hard to get the money for the rent,and this is not silly.

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Eros Montero (Jan 30 2020 3:51PM) : Understanding more

: Great understanding
To get to a final thought or idea like this it really shows that you as a reader focus on the details that the authors provided in a much deeper way than what a normal reader will focus which also illustrated your understanding

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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:39AM) : silvia feels like she doesn't fit in the slum that miss moore was talking about, but it's more likely that silvia doesn't realize the real world she really live in.
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Alis Nunez (Mar 25 2020 1:55PM) : IF THE TIPS IS $5 DOLLAR, YOU MUST SHARE $10 PERCENT TO GIVE THE DRIVER HOW MUCH THAT $10 PERCENT EQUALS
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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:13AM) : Who takes kids to a store in 2 separate cabs without a surveillance of an adult?
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Dewry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:12AM) : the main point is that the kids whant to live the store but" the driver tells us to get the hell out cause we there already
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:28AM) : They are not in the store yet. They are still in the taxi.
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:32AM) : who are those people to her more

i think they are her close friend because they all jump out the windo togethere

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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 06 2020 12:06PM) : ms.moore is trying to teach the kids on how to be respectful when they are in different places.
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yeury nicasio (Mar 05 2020 9:21AM) : these kids don't know how to act when they by they-self in a car with no grownups just the driver.
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Yeanoor Chowdhury (Jan 15 2020 10:35PM) : The children have no idea how to use money. the fact is they never saw real money in their life
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:21AM) : This kids never saw money in their life and don't know how to used it. [Edited]
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:38AM) : she didn't know what she want go buy but it lools that she realy wanna to spend it on something
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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:42AM) : This remains me of the present as today where a lot of young people just hop a cab and run out when they get to their desenation.
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yeury nicasio (Mar 05 2020 9:25AM) : his plan is stupid because if they even try to hop out the car without paying, they going to get arrested.
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:19PM) : I highlight this whole paragraph because it is important. more

I think that these kids are gangsters, they are thief, and they do not respect elder. because they are poor, they should not let their desire affect their personality.

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Hanna Salem (Dec 12 2019 3:31PM) : The kids has never been exposed to anything outside the ghetto.
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“This is the place, “ Miss Moore say, presenting it to us in the voice she uses at the museum. “Let’s look in the windows before we go in.”

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El-Hassn Salem (Dec 10 2019 3:34PM) : this is the point where they were confronting a different environment. It seems that they totally denounce it.
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Kiatalin Bonilla (Feb 12 2020 9:20AM) : Why they going to the windows first?They should go to the store first so they can look what is in there.
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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:42AM) : They are checking what they got in the store before coming in.
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:42AM) : this is the place more

they finally got where there where going

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Dawry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:18AM) : why they looking in the windows before they go in
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Alis Nunez (Mar 25 2020 1:44PM) : I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHY
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 12:06PM) : why they look at that window more

i think that they where looking at the window because they where trying to see something

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Alis Nunez (Feb 27 2020 9:42AM) : i agree with you
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Angel Guerra (Mar 10 2020 9:30AM) : were the kids looking in the window to steal something or to see what they want ?

“Can we steal?” Sugar asks very serious like she’s getting the ground rules squared away before she plays. “I beg your pardon,” say Miss Moore, and we fall out. So she leads us around the windows of the toy store and me and Sugar screamin, “This is mine, that’s mine, I gotta have that, that was made for me, I was born for that,” till Big Butt drowns us out.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:23PM) : The teenagers misbehave because they were raised to take life as a joke and that shows the poor education they received from their parents.
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chrstopher soriano (Feb 06 2020 9:34AM) : connection (yellow highlight) more

this reminds me of the time when I was younger. when my mother would bring me into an electronic store or some place that has toys of any kind. my first thought would be "i need to have this’ just how the character Sugar was saying. course i stopped that habit of a selfish young me but its still around with younger kids i see when i go out, hell even little siblings do this

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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:28AM) : the kids have no fear on doing the wrong thing and that can be bad in that type of society.
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yeury nicasio (Feb 26 2020 9:38AM) : i think these kids know what what they doing, they might be young but they know what they are doing.
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Angel Guerra (Feb 27 2020 12:07PM) : I feel like the kids know what their doing they just wanna be hard headed
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Ramon Pichardo (Feb 06 2020 9:41AM) : why would you want to steal if shes taking y'all to the store to buy toys. more

ms moore should be aprecciated a lil bit more shes always spending her personal time on yall so ya could have fun.

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Fatoumata Diallo (Dec 12 2019 2:55PM) : This section show that the children are not used to see those can of expensive and nice things. That's why they scream and yelling to make sure they have it.
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Eros Montero (Jan 30 2020 3:53PM) : Perspective more

How you see the issue in society is just so relate to situations that happen constantly nowadays

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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:03AM) : The children are screaming saying that their toy maybe they haven't see those nice things.
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Dawry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:18AM) : why they fighting over the toys
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Dewry Corcino (Feb 06 2020 9:43AM) : i think this means the kids don't like the women because i think she mean
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:46AM) : the toy store more

they wanted the toy so bad that they where screaming and yelling to make sure they get it

“Hey, I’m goin to buy that there.”

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“That there? You don’t even know what it is, stupid.”

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El-Hassn Salem (Dec 12 2019 3:02PM) : Teenager Boys and the new world more

The group of the teenagers was exposed to a “new world”, a world where they have no idea about its texture and appearance. They were kind of sedated in their neighborhood.They felt that they don’t belong there and their sense of humor was the only way to resist their reyality.

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“I do so,” he say punchin on Rosie Giraffe. “It’s a microscope.” “Whatcha gonna do with a microscope, fool?”

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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:27PM) : can we use this kind of words to write a book. just asking no pressure!
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 06 2020 9:49AM) : miscroscope more

he wanted to buy the miscroscope beacuse he probaly like to see at the stars

“Look at things.”

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“Like what, Ronald?” ask Miss Moore. And Big Butt ain’t got the first notion. So here go Miss Moore gabbing about the thousands of bacteria in a drop of water and the somethinorother in a speck of blood and the million and one living things in the air around us is invisible to the naked eye. And what she say that for? Junebug go to town on that “naked” and we rolling. Then Miss Moore ask what it cost. So we all jam into the window smudgin it up and the price tag say $300. So then she ask how long’d take for Big Butt and Junebug to save up their allowances. “Too long,” I say. “Yeh,” adds Sugar, “outgrown it by that time.” And Miss Moore say no, you never outgrow learning instruments. “Why, even medical students and interns and,” blah, blah, blah. And we ready to choke Big Butt for bringing it up in the first damn place.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:26PM) : The teengers don't want to be exposed to any new wolrd and theink thay moore is saying useless things, but, in fact, she is trying to guide them.
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Ramon Pichardo (Feb 06 2020 9:48AM) : she took them to a expensive store toy buy toys, the thing is they very expensive. more

it shows that they are low economically they cant afford what they went to buy, it would be better is they go to a cheaper store so they wont leave with theirs hand empty.

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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:41AM) : They get so excited to see the toys. What type of toys were there?
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Kiatalin Bonilla (Feb 12 2020 9:33AM) : This lady is nice because she took them to a store so they can see something like a toys but the way these kids acting like with her it look bad if i was MS. Moore i was going to the movies theater to watch somethings with my money lol
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Alis Nunez (Mar 25 2020 3:05PM) : WHY ALL WERE JAMMED IN THE WINDOW ?? [Edited]
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Idelkys Checo (Dec 12 2019 3:16PM) : I like how she opts to ask just the types of questions that she needs to know from the students. Regardless of how they treat her.
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Hanna Salem (Dec 12 2019 3:33PM) : Miss Moore is a person who value education and try to spread it out.
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:24AM) : exactly
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khaled alsayedi (Feb 26 2020 9:29AM) : Miss Moore gabbing about the thousands of bacteria . more

This is hard work .

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Cristy Infante (Feb 26 2020 9:37AM) : the narrator describes miss Moore as annoying lady show always teaching lessons more

the narrator shows how intelligent and how much she cares about the kids having knowledge and being protected by trying to talk bad on her knowledge.

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Student Issaka Dabre (Jan 20 2020 8:40PM) : The kids saving up to buy that microscope would take too long which shows how they are really low economically
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Idrissa Sylla (Feb 06 2020 9:41AM) : I feel like ms.moore did not care about how she was being disrespected by thos disrespectful kids because she was being the older person instead of acting childish like them people in her neighborhood.
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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:42AM) : totally agree
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Alis Nunez (Mar 25 2020 3:10PM) : I AGREE WITH THAT
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 10 2020 9:00AM) : she was getting bored off what miss moore was saying
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“This here costs four hundred eighty dollars,” say Rosie Giraffe. So we pile up all over her to see what she pointin out. My eyes tell me it’s a chunk of glass cracked with something heavy, and dif-ferent-color inks dripped into the splits, then the whole thing put into a oven or something. But for $480 it don’t make sense.

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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:30PM) : why did the author does not use proper English. like she said, " it don't" should we said " it doesn't" again just asking no pressure
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:04AM) : right :/
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Feb 06 2020 9:31AM) : Some stories are told using the dialect that people use when they are talking, naturally, with their friends and neighbors. It creates a certain attitude in a story called "tone", which is a literary device or strategy.
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Angelina Frias (Feb 27 2020 9:06AM) : I kinda agree with you but i feel like she was more focusing on showing the kids and making them understand that they are poor but also showing them the rich cost and what the spend their stuff on.
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 10 2020 9:02AM) : of course not

“That’s a paperweight made of semi-precious stones fused together under tremendous pressure,” she explains slowly, with her hands doing the mining and all the factory work.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:27PM) : Miss Moore seems highly educated and well-informed.
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“So what’s a paperweight?” asks Rosie Giraffe.

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“To weigh paper with, dumbbell,” say Flyboy, the wise man from the East.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 06 2020 1:44PM) : Flyboy thinks that everything is simple to know. more

Flyboy is not aware of the world around him because of the environment he grew up in. He thinks he, maybe, knows everything or he doesn’t want to know anything because he thinks that the “world” is his neighborhood.

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“Not exactly,” say Miss Moore, which is what she say when you warm or way off too. “It’s to weigh paper down so it won’t scatter and make your desk untidy. “ So right away me and Sugar curtsy to each other and then to Mercedes who is more the tidy type.

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“We don’t keep paper on top of the desk in my class,” say Junebug, figuring Miss Moore crazy or lyin one.

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“At home, then,” she say. “Don’t you have a calendar and a pencil case and a blotter and a let-ter-opener on your desk at home where you do your homework?” And she know damn well what our homes look like cause she nosys around in them every chance she gets.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 06 2020 1:47PM) : Miss more refuse the reality of these little kids. more

She knows that these kids don’t have any of these things she is talking about, but she still pretends she doesn’t know, maybe, because she doesn’t want to admit the reality of the racial disparity in U.S.

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Celines Zamora (Jan 14 2020 6:35PM) : She try to explain that the sacrifices that someone need to do for have things on life and not choose the easy way.
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Yeanoor Chowdhury (Jan 15 2020 10:45PM) : Despite the fact that the children is depriving from all the opportunities and ignorance from the society. even though Ms Moore knows that but she was pretending not to accept it or remember it
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Yeiro Brioso (Feb 10 2020 9:06AM) : shy trying to tell then that doing your work that hart way is better then that easy way
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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:34AM) : she is explaining to then that hard work pays off
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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:45AM) : why was she acting clueless like she ain't know there living situation?

“I don’t even have a desk,” say Junebug. “Do we?”

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“No. And I don’t get no homework neither,” says Big Butt.

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Housseynatou Diallo (Dec 10 2019 3:41PM) : In the perspectives of the story it shows that the kids don't value school and they think just going around the streets is life. They are prepared for their future.
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:29PM) : This shows that poor public education that the fat boy is getting into his school.
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“And I don’t even have a home,” say Flyboy like he do at school to keep the white folks off his back and sorry for him. Send this poor kid to camp posters, is his specialty.

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“I do,” says Mercedes. “I have a box of stationery on my desk and a picture of my cat. My god-mother bought the stationery and the desk. There’s a big rose on each sheet and the envelopes smell like roses.”

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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:32PM) : Imagery. the author is using the 5 senses to show the difference between the kids.
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“Who wants to know about your smelly-ass stationery,” say Rosie Giraffe fore I can get my two cents in.

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“It’s important to have a work area all your own so that . . .”

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Fatoumata Diallo (Dec 10 2019 3:39PM) : This Paragraph demonstrated that the kids are poor and don't have money to afforded expensive things. Some of them are homeless. [Edited]
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cristin tolentino (Feb 06 2020 9:28AM) : i feel like these kids are so poor that some of them can't buy expensive things.
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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:43AM) : Or probably don't have enough to afford it
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cristin tolentino (Feb 12 2020 8:54AM) : yes maybe because they don't have enough money to buy it.
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khaled alsayedi (Feb 27 2020 9:33AM) : a work area more

I agree with that

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“Will you look at this sailboat, please,” say Flyboy, cuttin her off and pointin to the thing like it was his. So once again we tumble all over each other to gaze at this magnificent thing in the toy store which is just big enough to maybe sail two kittens across the pond if you strap them to the posts tight. We all start reciting the price tag like we in assembly. “Hand-crafted sailboat of fiberglass at one thousand one hundred ninety-five dollars.”

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 06 2020 1:52PM) : They encounter a "new world" more

They couldn’t believe the price of the sailboat and that shows that 5th Avenue was another world for them.This reinforces the racial inequality in the U.S.

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“Unbelievable,” I hear myself say and am really stunned. I read it again for myself just in case the group recitation put me in a trance. Same thing. For some reason this pisses me off. We look at Miss Moore and she lookin at us, waiting for I dunno what.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:32PM) : The teenagers are close-minded that they don't even believe that the sailboat is expensive because of the materials is made of.
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Angelina Frias (Feb 26 2020 9:47AM) : why was she was so surprise about the price tag like she ain't really see that before?
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“Who’d pay all that when you can buy a sailboat set for a quarter at Pop’s, a tube of glue for a dime, and a ball of string for eight cents? It must have a motor and a whole lot else besides,” I say. “My sailboat cost me about fifty cents.”

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 06 2020 1:57PM) : Flyboy thinks that the fiberglass sailboat is useless. more

He think that the price of the fiberglass is expensive and not worthy. Also, he can make ine by him slef, but he doesn’t want to acknoweldge that the one he make can’t sail. He can’t belive the differences between the “two world”, so he try to convience himself that both of these world are same.

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khaled alsayedi (Feb 27 2020 9:42AM) : who can pay or buy more

Everyone can pay those things ,if they work and be smart .

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Fatoumata Diallo (Dec 12 2019 3:02PM) : This sentence show how Miss Moore is kid and how she's motivated to help the kids to success in life.

“But will it take water?” say Mercedes with her smart ass.

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“Took mine to Alley Pond Park once,” say Flyboy. “String broke. Lost it. Pity.”

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“Sailed mine in Gentral Park and it keeled over and sank. Had to ask my father for another dollar.”

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“And you got the strap,” laugh Big Butt. “The jerk didn’t even have a string on it. My old man wailed on his behind.”

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Little Q.T. was staring hard at the sailboat and you could see he wanted it bad. But he too little and somebody’d just take it from him. So what the hell. “This boat for kids, Miss Moore?”

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“Parents silly to buy something like that just to get all broke up,” say Rosie Giraffe. “That much money it should last forever,” I figure.

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khaled alsayedi (Feb 27 2020 9:47AM) : the parents more

I think the parent is broke up a lot

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“My father’d buy it for me if I wanted it.”

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“Your father, my ass,” say Rosie Giraffe getting a chance to finally push Mercedes. “Must be rich people shop here,” say Q.T.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:34PM) : At the point the teenagers realize that this world is not for them becasue of money.
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“You are a very bright boy,” say Flyboy. “What was your first clue?” And he rap him on the head with the back of his knuckles, since Q.T. the only one he could get away with. Though Q.T. liable to come up behind you years later and get his licks in when you half expect it.

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“What I want to know is,” I says to Miss Moore though I never talk to her, I wouldn’t give the bitch that satisfaction, “is how much a real boat costs? I figure a thousand’d get you a yacht any day.”

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Kadidja El-Hadji (Dec 10 2019 3:35PM) : This is line that shows us how teaching is difficult special students who has hard head to listen.
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:36PM) : I think that they are just using Miss Moore for advantage, but really they don't respect her at all.
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Fatoumata Diallo (Dec 11 2019 9:30PM) : This story talkes about weath unquality of African American and how this affected them to have quality education to change thier life from poor to rich.
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Willbert Cuesta (Feb 24 2020 9:38AM) : this explain the inequality toward african american.

“Why don’t you check that out,” she says, “and report back to the group?” Which really pains my ass. If you gonna mess up a perfectly good swim day least you could do is have some answers. “Let’s go in,” she say like she got something up her sleeve. Only she don’t lead the way. So me and Sugar turn the corner to where the entrance is, but when we get there I kinda hang back. Not that I’m scared, what’s there to be afraid of, just a toy store. But I feel funny, shame. But what I got to be shamed about? Got as much right to go in as anybody. But somehow I can’t seem to get hold of the door, so I step away from Sugar to lead. But she hangs back too. And I look at her and she looks at me and this is ridiculous. I mean, damn, I have never ever been shy about doing nothing or going nowhere. But then Mercedes steps up and then Rosie Giraffe and Big Butt crowd in behind and shove, and next thing we all stuffed into the doorway with only Mercedes squeezing past us, smoothing out her jumper and walking right down the aisle. Then the rest of us tumble in like a glued-together jigsaw done all wrong. And people lookin at us. And it’s like the time me and Sugar crashed into the Catholic church on a dare. But once we got in there and everything so hushed and holy and the candles and the bowin and the handkerchiefs on all the drooping heads, I just couldn’t go through with the plan. Which was for me to run up to the altar and do a tap dance while Sugar played the nose flute and messed around in the holy water. And Sugar kept givin me the elbow. Then later teased me so bad I tied her up in the shower and turned it on and locked her in. And she’d be there till this day if Aunt Gretchen hadn’t finally figured I was lyin about the boarder takin a shower.

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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:40PM) : flashback: they are thinking on what they have done in the past
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:38PM) : The teenagers know within themselves that they are rejected in any world execpt their own world. This is evident by the feeling that had when Miss Moore told them to enter the toy sotre and they were very hesitant to enter it.
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Kyana Tineo (Feb 11 2020 9:24AM) : Why would he hesitate to walk in, now I'am curious to what he thought!!
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Angel Guerra (Mar 10 2020 9:33AM) : i wonder why he stood back
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