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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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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 19 2022 1:19PM) : sometimes your friends or family can bring u down a road where you never thought you would take but they can also help you a lot in life
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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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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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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:47PM) : this shows me that back in the days black and white people didn't get along and they obvisouly have something to say about their new neighbor
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:49PM) : ngl this sounds a little racist and would definitely think a white person would say something like this but this just don't sound right it shouldn't be said.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:52PM) : Experencing new stuff
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:54PM) : Choosing to spend money wisely and not on things she wouldn't need as she should.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:56PM) : Everyone should always work to plan the same plan so things won't be mixed up.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 12:59PM) : why they arguing over toys?
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 1:15PM) : sounds like a spoil brat.and the way it's being said someone would probably think she tryna show off
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 1:18PM) : expensive thoughts.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 1:20PM) : Eye contact be the worst at times especially when you don't know the person lol.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 21 2022 1:19PM) : why should it matter if they're doing there job and getting paid for doing the right things and making the kids laugh.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 21 2022 1:25PM) : talks about the struggle it would be if a full size family of 7 would exist.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 12:52PM) : they tryna take advantage of miss moore and see if they'll get the yacht from her one day
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 12:54PM) : you might not ever know it could be exclusive things in that toy store.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 12:56PM) : what is the jealousy and why she want someone else to do it for her and not do it herself.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 1:00PM) : sugar started getting boring to him so he thought that'll be the best to do.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 1:01PM) : was they not paying attention today in class or they was lost.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 1:01PM) : was they not paying attention today in class or they was lost.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 1:03PM) : she has confidence in herself and feels like there not compettion to her.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 22 2022 1:04PM) : how fast can she run? is she the flash?
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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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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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Angel Guerra (Feb 27 2020 12:09PM) : why exactly did the kids not like miss Moore ?
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Angel Guerra (Sep 19 2022 1:17PM) : i feel like the kids didnt care about the effort ms.moore was trying to put in, she might have wanted too help the kids for their near future
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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 12:40PM) : This sounds kinda of harsh on the woman , they don't like her.
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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 20 2022 12:47PM) : Discrimination/Racism more

From reading the story I noticed that its talking back in the days and from my knowledge the teens aren’t use to any new environment but there own.

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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 21 2022 1:02PM) : She doesn't have the first name more

she don have first name but she is at good to then.

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Sep 22 2022 12:58PM) : I’m pretty sure she has a first name, more

But Sylvia (the narrator) is telling us that it’s different that they don’t call her by her first name.

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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 22 2022 12:37PM) : i like this sentence because he tell he friend what he think about the lady more

He told his friend the lady is moved on they block with a nappy hair…

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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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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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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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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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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 12:41PM) : This is discrmination towards the black woman
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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 22 2022 12:41PM) : i don like this sentence more

because they are racist that they are talking about the color of the lady’s skin

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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Sep 22 2022 12:57PM) : I agree with you. more

Racism and colorism are big problems even inside a cultural group.

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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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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 22 2022 12:43PM) : i like this sentence more
because she tries to make them find something that she does even though they are being racist
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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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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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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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Mamadou Sow (Sep 19 2022 1:10PM) : does she know their talking behind her back?
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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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 20 2022 12:57PM) : All about Ms.Moore more

Ms.Moore has been having trouble with money like Sugar and his friends and she was actually poor but had her was to have money frequently.

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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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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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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 21 2022 1:11PM) : i like this sentence because it tells me that i have to worry about the school. more

She got the education that she want and spins her time so they can worry about the school

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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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 20 2022 12:53PM) : School complications [Edited] more

The teacher is having a hard time/knocking herself out trying explain arithmetic to the students.

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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 1:08PM) : yes i agree
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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 (Sep 19 2022 1:27PM) : i feel like they disliked ms.moore for either the wrong reasons or no reason at all
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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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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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Mamadou Sow (Sep 19 2022 1:13PM) : i like how he has something to say about everybody
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Jessica HernandezSpeer (Sep 19 2022 1:55PM) : Look at paragraph 40. What is the name that Ms. Moore calls the narrator?
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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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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 12:45PM) : Ms. moore is good person who cares.
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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 1:01PM) : Ms. moore is trying to teach them behavior anyway they go.
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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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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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EZEQUIEL DELGADILLO (Sep 22 2022 12:51PM) : I don't like the sentence more

because they are trying to cause problems for the lady

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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:41PM) : A lot of people do this , it's sad.
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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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 28 2022 1:28PM) : You damn right the kids never been outside their comfort zone
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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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Angel Guerra (Mar 10 2020 9:30AM) : were the kids looking in the window to steal something or to see what they want ?
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Jessica Hernandez-Speer (Sep 20 2022 1:06PM) : Just to observe the difference in the way people lived in different neighborhoods…income inequality.

“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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 1:09PM) : i agree they have poor education they recieve from parents.
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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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 21 2022 1:21PM) : Common Sense more

The kids knew exactly what they were doing which led to one of them asking if they could still because if anyone wanted to steal they won’t make it work

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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 12:59PM) : whats the reasoning for them fighting over toys.

“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!

“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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:43PM) : They can't afford anything on the store.
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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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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 12:56PM) : i feel like miss moore is smarter than they think but they hate her so much too listen to her
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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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“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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 28 2022 1:35PM) : She really was

“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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 1:10PM) : She really was
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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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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 1:02PM) : she wanna make sure the kids clean up after themselves and stay on track with the school calendar.
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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 1:20PM) : I agree some people gets it the hard way and some 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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 12:53PM) : i wonder if she actually peaked around their house they way he says.

“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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:57PM) : Yes they don't value or respect.
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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:56PM) : Also it's sad they behave this way knowing they struggle financially.
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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 1:22PM) : Agree and think they rather stay like that.
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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:06PM) : i think she thinks that the sailboat is useless
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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.
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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:54PM) : Yes, she tries her best for these kids.

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

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Mamadou Sow (Sep 28 2022 1:35PM) : mercedes really love sailboats
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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:26PM) : money never last forever unless you have a way to continue making that money back.

“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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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 21 2022 1:17PM) : Conflict with Money more

This line in the article shows that the world the kids lived in,you needed money in order to get the things you needed or wanted

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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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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 1:23PM) : I agree especially it's similar in pulse high school some kids are hard to deal this just because they don't want to.
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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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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 12:52PM) : i feel like they were trying to use miss moore to they're advantage
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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.

“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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Angel Guerra (Mar 10 2020 9:33AM) : i wonder why he stood back
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:37PM) : simile: why there is o lot of simile in this story.
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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:18PM) : i think she froze up in the moment and couldnt go through with it.
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Same thing in the store. We all walkin on tiptoe and hardly touchin the games and puzzles and things. And I watched Miss Moore who is steady watchin us like she waitin for a sign. Like Mama Drewery watches the sky and sniffs the air and takes note of just how much slant is in the bird for-mation. Then me and Sugar bump smack into each other, so busy gazing at the toys, ‘specially the sailboat. But we don’t laugh and go into our fat-lady bump-stomach routine. We just stare at that price tag. Then Sugar run a finger over the whole boat. And I’m jealous and want to hit her. Maybe not her, but I sure want to punch somebody in the mouth.

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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:20PM) : jealousy can lead you to do some wild things that you dont intentionally want to do.
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Keily Mendez (Sep 20 2022 1:25PM) : I agree, i have witness some cases in my personal life.

“Watcha bring us here for, Miss Moore?”

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“You sound angry, Sylvia. Are you mad about something?” Givin me one of them grins like she tellin a grown-up joke that never turns out to be funny. And she’s lookin very closely at me like maybe she plannin to do my portrait from memory. I’m mad, but I won’t give her that satisfaction. So I slouch around the store bein very bored and say, “Let’s go.”

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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:21PM) : sometimes its good when you're mad but you dont show the person you're mad at that you're mad because they can sometimes use that against you.
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Me and Sugar at the back of the train watchin the tracks whizzin by large then small then gettin gobbled up in the dark. I’m thinkin about this tricky toy I saw in the store. A clown that somersaults on a bar then does chin-ups just cause you yank lightly at his leg. Cost $35. I could see me askin my mother for a $35 birthday clown. “You wanna who that costs what?” she’d say, cocking her head to the side to get a better view of the hole in my head. Thirty-five dollars could buy new bunk beds for Junior and Gretchen’s boy. Thirty-five dollars and the whole household could go visit Grand-daddy Nelson in the country. Thirty-five dollars would pay for the rent and the piano bill too. Who are these people that spend that much for performing clowns and $1000 for toy sailboats? What kinda work they do and how they live and how come we ain’t in on it? Where we are is who we are, Miss Moore always pointin out. But it don’t necessarily have to be that way, she always adds then waits for somebody to say that poor people have to wake up and demand their share of the pie and don’t none of us know what kind of pie she talking about in the first damn place. But she ain’t so smart cause I still got her four dollars from the taxi and she sure ain’t gettin it Messin up my day with this shit. Sugar nudges me in my pocket and winks.

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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:42PM) : The teeenagers started to question the differences that racial inequality casue in the U.S. and how is life style is can be very differernt based on how much momney you have.
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Steven Estevez (Sep 20 2022 1:30PM) : should've had a second plan.
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Mamadou Sow (Sep 28 2022 1:15PM) : the summary is her just joking about the insane prices
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ms Oumy Diop (Dec 12 2019 3:44PM) : this sentence is definitely not clear for me at all
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CHRIS HURTADO (Sep 21 2022 1:29PM) : I Dont Know [Edited] more

$35 dollars on a clown toy is kinda crazy because its just a toy, with that choice you should buy food or things you need to survive of

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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 1:23PM) : i wonder where they live because $35 could never buy any type of bed out here in new york. unless its a air bed
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Student Issaka Dabre (Jan 20 2020 8:55PM) : She felt so ashamed that she thought that their kind of people are left out. Moreover, she pictured her mom giving a lecture about how the $35 could do so many things.
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Mamadou Sow (Sep 19 2022 1:27PM) : i feel like hes learning what poverty is
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Miss Moore lines us up in front of the mailbox where we started from, seem like years ago, and I got a headache for thinkin so hard. And we lean all over each other so we can hold up under the draggy ass lecture she always finishes us off with at the end before we thank her for borin us to tears. But she just looks at us like she readin tea leaves. Finally she say, “Well, what did you think of F.A.0. Schwarz?”

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Rosie Giraffe mumbles, “White folks crazy.”

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“I’d like to go there again when I get my birthday money,” says Mercedes, and we shove her out the pack so she has to lean on the mailbox by herself.

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Mamadou Sow (Sep 21 2022 1:28PM) : merces wants that boat but hes too young for it
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“I’d like a shower. Tiring day,” say Flyboy.

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Then Sugar surprises me by sayin, “You know, Miss Moore, I don’t think all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs.” And Miss Moore lights up like somebody goosed her. “And?” she say, urging Sugar on. Only I’m standin on her foot so she don’t continue.

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Angel Guerra (Sep 20 2022 12:49PM) : u think he was starting to get annoyed by sugar

“Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven. What do you think?”

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Kadidja El-Hadji (Dec 10 2019 3:26PM) : I like this part because is a big problem of a country that always developed and capitalism took place. Even though in this story is a simple question it have many connection of our reality society.
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Keily Mendez (Sep 22 2022 12:51PM) : Yes i agree.
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Emely Lopez (Dec 10 2019 3:33PM) : Opinion more

I think, this line is one of the most reflecting one because, explain the different between social society and the real conflicts that affect the poor people especially.

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Lenin Vanderhorst (Dec 10 2019 3:40PM) : This is a key line because it let you know the difference between the people economically and how the economy is affecting the poor people.
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Kadidja El-Hadji (Dec 12 2019 2:58PM) : yes I'am agree with you.
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El-Hassn Salem (Jan 28 2020 11:44PM) : I think this is was the lesson that Miss Moore trying to teach they teenagers and why they should pursure a higher education so they can acheive a social mobility.
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