Daily Lessons for Teaching The Crossover

Kwame Alexander
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Lesson 1 (from "Warm Up" - "First Quarter")


The Crossover is a novel in verse by award-winning author Kwame Alexander. The narrative comes in the form of poems written from the first-person point of view of 12-year-old protagonist Josh Bell. In these first poems, the reader is exposed to a variety of literary devices and stylistic choices, with the author employing different fonts and spacing, literary and pop culture allusions, and exploring variations of rhyme and meter. Students in this lesson are introduced to the basic elements of poetry, will define the genre of the book, and will analyze the poems “Dribbling” through “Basketball Rule #1.”


Class Discussion: A verse novel is a type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry. Discuss the components of this genre with the class. How is “verse” defined? How is verse different than “prose”? Why do you think an author...

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