Pre-Reading: “The Crossover” - the coolest, new middle school book available!
Lesson: Photographs and Poetry
This is an interactive lesson to be completed as a pre-reading activity for “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. The lesson focuses on:
There are eight photographs included in this product along with instructions for the activity. Students are given the eight photographs in a small group. They are instructed to analyze the photographs, make connections with the photographs, predict the purpose of the photographs and infer how they connect with the novel. Students can be given white boards or paper and pen to use to take notes on their findings and predict what “The Crossover” will be about.
When each group has finished their predictions, each individual student should chose one photograph to use as inspiration for a haiku poem. Then, students should take their ideas and write a narrative piece describing their story prediction. The product includes a template for a visual for the haiku and introduction of their narrative piece.
This lesson could be one or two class periods. It would be up to the individual teacher. The photographs could be used on their own. The teacher could also decide if they wanted to culminate the activity with the poem, narrative writing, both or neither. It could simply be the opening for communication about “The Crossover" themes and plot structure.
As a group activity, I laminated seven sets of all the photographs. I placed them in a manila envelope for each group to use. Then, I let the students use dry erase boards to make study predictions. As a class, we came together at the end of the lesson to share each other’s findings and predictions. This also allows students to see other classmate’s points-of-view. It is a really fun way to introduce a novel.
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