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Activity Overview

Throughout the novel, the author includes 10 “Basketball Rules”. These rules pertain to basketball, but are clearly lessons that are geared towards life in general. For example, Basketball Rule #1 says, “In this game of life your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. No matter how good you are, no matter how down you get, always leave your heart on the court.” For this activity, students will choose three of the Basketball Rules and explain and illustrate them. To differentiate, teachers may assign just one rule or more than 3.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map illustrating three Basketball Rules from The Crossover

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write the rule # in the heading.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each rule using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write out the rule in the box below the illustration. Next, write a brief description of what you think the rule means.


Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/A] Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


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