In this book, Hoop Kings, poet Charles R. Smith Jr. captures the essence of each basketball player with metaphoric analogies that shoot readers straight into the game.
This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and passion.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because these fast-paced poems inject readers into the game through word choice, poem line set up, and passion for the game while introducing the reader to each player’s style of play, skill set, and court personality.
POEMS by: Charles R. Smith Jr.
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004
AGE GROUP: 8-12
TOPIC(S): poetry, basketball, word choice and analogies
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, passion
1) Things that interest you so much that you want to learn more and more about them through reading, doing, and experimenting are called passions. What are some of your interests/passions? Create an independent study on one of your passions to learn more about it with the goal of producing an end product. Use your end product to teach others about your passion.
2) Who is one of your favorite sports players? It can be a famous athlete or someone you know. Jot down a list of adjectives that describe how this person plays her/his sport. Read your list and visualize that player, what does s/he remind you of? Next incorporate that into a metaphor to write a poem about your player.
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