Ex-Basketball Player poem by John Updike. Supplemental activities to use in planning your lessons using the poem. Great as a March Madness themed text selection!
Packet includes a comprehensive set of no-prep, low ink printables for 2-5 days (depending on your class block length) of lessons using Updike's famous poem. Six pages of reading strategy practice, including before, during, and after reading activities.
*A page of background, essential question, and literary terms to know to set a purpose for reading and build background knowledge.
*Link to the poem for ease of access
*Quick Check page with comprehension questions and a 20 word summary prompt.
*Figurative Language page requiring students to identify and discuss metaphor, simile, personification, and symbol within the poem.
*Responding to Text page with two prompts requiring students to respond critically to the poem about tone and theme.
*Connecting Activity where students research and compose a poem about a celebrity that failed to reach their true potential like Flick Webb.
Sample Lesson Pacing:
Lesson could be used over a period of two days to one week, depending on the level of your students and the length of your class period each day.
A sample pacing:
Day 1: Set purpose for reading, establish background, review literary terms, do a silent reading of the poem, and complete the Quick Check.
Day 2: Read the poem aloud. Review the Quick Check. Mini-lessons on figurative language. Students analyze the text for the types of figurative language.
Day 3: Review the Figurative Language handout. Assign the Responding to the text handout to complete in class. Discuss in class.
Day 4: Handout and discuss the Connecting Activity Assignment. Provide students with print and/or media materials to research. Allow students to work on activity.
Day 5: Students present poems to class using handout provided.