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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|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
"Ex-Basketball Player" by John Updike
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
- Prewriting Questions
- A Poem of Possibilities—A Letter to Myself
- Poem of Possibilities—Questions for Reflection
- 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.