Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Poetry Month -- Basketball

Hoop Kings
by Charles R. Smith
Candlewick Press, 2004

Hoop Queens
by Charles R. Smith
Candlewick Press, 2003

I don't know much about basketball, but I do know that these two books pass the test with the sports fans (mostly boys) in my classroom. They are pulled in by the famous players, the bold colors, and the action photography. Once they're hooked, they find poems of many forms, including rhyming, free verse, acrostic, and rap.

Here's part of Sheryl Swoopes' poem, "All That:"

The Point Leader
Stat Line Feeder,
OT Buzzer-Beater.
The Board Snatcher
Bullet Pass Catcher,
charging hard
The Lane Spinner
championship Winner,
coast to coast
finger-roll finisher.

1 comment:

  1. OK, I have to buy these for someone I know who does know a lot about basketball!


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