Crossover: Basketball and Poetry

5 Weeks

  • 1 hour
  • 125 US dollars
  • Online

Service Description

“A bolt of lightning on my kicks.../ The court is sizzling./ My sweat is drizzling./ Stop all the quivering./ Cuz tonight I’m delivering.” Kwame Alexander delivers an explosive novel in verse that brings poetry to life in a whole new way with The Crossover. Read with attitude, the voice of Josh Bell comes alive as he tells his story of life on the basketball court with his twin brother and former professional ballplayer father. Soon readers forget they are reading poetry as they are caught up in the story of his brother growing up before him, his dad getting sick, and life starting to change as Josh progresses through middle school. As we read this amazing novel, students will learn about the different types of poems, such as acrostics, couplets, concrete poems, letter poems, and portrait poems. We’ll also look at Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and learn about portmanteau vocabulary. Students will also look at longer, epic poems, studying “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. Over the course of the class, students write poetry of their own and will keep a portfolio to share with the class at the end. Materials: Crossover by Kwame Alexander Annotation Tools: Pen or Pencil Sticky Notes Highlighters in various colors Sticky Flags

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