In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Underface,” a speaker describes the face they show to the world and the one that hides underneath.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this poem after they finish Chapter 5, when Jess and Leslie have become friends, to analyze how the characters simultaneously hide and reveal different parts of themselves. What does it mean to have an “underface?” How do Leslie and Jess show each other their “underfaces” and let each other see parts of themselves that they hide from the rest of the world? Why do you think they hide certain parts of their identity? How does being open and honest with each other contribute to their friendship?