Anytime I can find ways to combine poetry and basketball, I jump on it. Today’s lesson uses a poem by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola read at a ceremony honoring the late Bill Russell at the Celtics opening of the 2022-23 season against the 76ers.
Skills of focus for the lesson:
- Structure – sestina form
- Repetition and alliteration
- Figurative Language
This lesson is appropriate for middle and high school students.
Also included with the lesson:
- Poet bio
- Links to articles about the Bill Russell tribute ceremony
- Writing prompt
- Similar poems for extension
As of the time I am currently posting this, a text version does not exist (that I can find) of the poem. If I find one, I’ll update the post to include it.
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If you want more poetry lessons connected to basketball, I highly recommend this lesson with a poem about Ja Morant by Boris (Bluz) Rogers.
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