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A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

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A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

Grades 11 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






"Ex-Basketball Player" by John Updike

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Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Obtain copies of John Updike's poem "Ex-Basketball Player" which appear in his book Collected Poem 1953-1993 (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993) as well as in many anthologies. The poem is also available online, from the Poetry Foundation.

  • Familiarize yourself with biographical material on John Updike. Online resources are listed in the Websites section.

  • Prepare and make copies of student assignment sheet Poem of Possibilities—A Letter to Myself and Questions for Reflection.

  • If desired, make an overhead transparency of the Prewriting Questions to display during the first session.

  • Test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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