The Basketball Diaries Fun Activities

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Phone booth

Jim refers to confession as a "phone booth to God." Draw a cartoon expanding on Jim's idea.


Write an almanac entry for the events about the "fits" of classmates Jim describes in the winter of 1964.


In the summer of 1964, Jim listens to Dylan on the jukebox. Find a Bob Dylan song from this time period and write a brief analysis of why Jim might relate to it.

Cover letter

Write a cover letter as Jim, applying for a job at Yankee Stadium.

Film clip

Watch part or entire film, The Basketball Diaries. Compare to the book.

Basketball rules

Review school handbook for athletes. Note all the rules that Jim has violated and what consequences go along with each violation.


Interview an expert on the effects of substance abuse. Use examples from the text to find out how Jim's drug use impacted him.

War music

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