Crossover Poet and Inspiration: Kwame Alexander - Basketball and rules

Kwame Alexander’s poetry is interesting to look at and is meaningful.  His words make readers think about deep connections in life.  In The Crossover, twins Josh and Jordan find out that brotherhood and love come first when families face big problems.  In the book, one brother is jealous of the other, their father becomes ill, rules are made and rules are broken.

Josh Bell writes rules of basketball which mirror his rules for life.  Here is Basketball Rule #1:



In other words, your family, your team, and the people you care about should always have your heart and your love.  This rule, and the others that appear in The Crossover, are rules that the Bell family learns to live by.  They are rules that readers of The Crossover can take into their hearts.  Mr. Alexander's poetry delivers big messages. He writes poems from the inside out. 

Kwame Alexander wants his readers to cross over to a new way of thinking about poetry.

TRY THIS: Think of three rules (school, home, government).  Write each rule and the result of breaking the rule in free verse.  Read the rules out loud in a rhythmic beat.  Sing the rules to the melody of a favorite song.




Original Release: Jan 27, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

1) Brown, Jeffrey, Poet’s novel turns young sports lovers into book lovers, PBS.org, Mar/26/2015, Dec/18/2015, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/poets-novel-turns-young-sports-lovers-book-lovers/

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