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Basketball for Better Verse


  • Language Arts


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students write poems about basketball.


Students practice writing poetry.


poetry, basketball

Materials Needed

Gather poems about basketball, including the following:

Defending Walt Whitman
Above the Rim
My Poem About Basketball
The Ex-Basketball Player

    Lesson Plan

    • Have students read, or read aloud to students, a selection of poems about basketball.
    • Discuss the imagery and emotions in the poems.
    • Ask students to help create a list of basketball terms.
    • Brainstorm with students a list of words describing the sport of basketball or describing their feelings when watching or playing the game.
    • Ask students to write poems about basketball.


    Evaluate students on the form of their poems and the appropriateness of the content.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Linda Starr

    Updated 3/18/2015