Students LOVE reading and analyzing Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” Poem. In this activity, they will complete a Poem Analysis & Compare/Contrast Paired Text Activity. The paired text students will look at is Michael Jordan’s 2003 Retirement Letter, also titled “Dear Basketball.”
In 2015, Bryant announced his retirement through “Player’s Tribune” in a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” In the poem, Bryant shares his love for the sport with the world. Bryant later earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball” in 2018.
Included in this lesson:
- Anticipation Guide
- “Dear Basketball” poem by Kobe Bryant, analysis and answer key
- Paired Text Excerpt of Michael Jordan’s letter: questions and answer key
- After Reading Poem — Creative Writing Activity
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