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The Crossover
The Crossover | Kwame Alexander
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2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. Heand his twin brother Jordanare awesome on thecourt. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furiousmiddle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013). Josh and Jordanmust come togrips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
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Jesse.Jorgensen
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I like this book because it‘s told like a poem, not just rhyming though it does have that but it has haiku‘s and other poetic devices too, and I admire that.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book19
If you had told me that a book about a basketball player would make me cry like a baby, I would have said you were crazy. This novel, written in verse, is now one of my favorite books, and my students loved it just as much as I do.

BarbaraBB That sounds so good! 7mo
Christy2318 My reluctant reader son loved this book. 7mo
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Kalifala1
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The literal meaning for Crossover is getting crossover in a basketball game, the connotation of Crossover is a action provides energy and rhythm for a moving story.

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Blaire
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This was so well done. My 9 year old wanted a basketball book and this fit the bill, but is about far more than basketball. A coming of age story about identical twins, it sensitively looks at young teen emotions, sibling dynamics, and the importance of family. Beautiful and lyrical descriptions of basketball, love, and struggle. My child was in tears by the end but wanted to check out another Alexander immediately.

Lindy I‘m haven‘t the slightest interest in basketball and yet I loved this book. 😁 1y
Blaire @Lindy so happy to hear that. I thought it was just beautifully done. 1y
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megnews
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🏀 This graphic novel adaptation was just as great as the original. 🧡 the art.

#MGMarch book 26

Bookgoil It‘s going to be a Disney plus Tv show! ❤️ 2y
megnews @Bookgoil really?! I‘d love to see it but I don‘t have Disney plus 2y
Bookgoil @megnews it was just announced so it will be a while but it‘s exciting news 2y
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megnews
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So glad I picked this for the #20in4 Readathon. Excellent!

Day 1: 5 hours, 19 minutes

#MGMarch book 23

mrp27 Love these books! 2y
Christy2318 This is the favorite book of my non-reader teen. He picks it every year when he has to do a book report. 2y
megnews @Christy2318 that‘s great! He should check out Rebound which is about the father in Crossover as a young boy. I‘m reading it now. It‘s good. He‘d like it I think. 2y
Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 2y
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megnews
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kspenmoll One of our 9th grade book circles choices- a hit. 2y
megnews @kspenmoll I like it a lot so far. 2y
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JonathanVera
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Probably my favorite book I have ever picked up. It's about two twins named Josh and JB that are in love with basketball. Their dad played in Italy so everyone expects big on them but when their dad goes into a coma and JB gets a girlfriend Josh is lost he dosent have his brother to get through these tuff times. I recommend this book to any sport player looking for a good read. I rate this 5 stars ⭐ @MrsBabki

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Daisey
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When I first heard there was a graphic novel version of The Crossover I will admit I was skeptical, but I also knew I would have to read it at some point. This is not what I would generally consider a graphic novel, but the artistic style is absolutely perfect for this story. The amazing rhythm of the writing is still there, and I can see how this version will appeal to a whole additional group of readers.

#TRS2020

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amber_ldsmom
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I wasn‘t really looking forward to this one because I‘m not really into sports, so I was really surprised at how great this book turned out to be! I was nearly in tears. Great quick read! #NewberyEpicChallenge

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Devynj123
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I really like this book because I love Basketball. This book is about this brother named Josh Bell and he has a twin named Jorden Bell. They love Basketball I would pick this book if you like a easy read or you like basketball.

Cfischbuch Great job! How far along are you in this one? Have you also read the non-graphic novel of the same title? 2y
Devynj123 @Cfischbuch I‘m am on page 101. Yes I have read the non-graphic novel and I really like it. 2y
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meglynn86
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Check in #7
Going strong. Working on my 3rd book for the weekend!! 13/24 hours....

#mbcreadathon #mbcgiveaway7 @monthlybook

anygivenmemory Entry added for check in 7! 2y
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Jesse.Jorgensen
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A Great book for any action fan, sports fan, or any person really GO READ NOW -Its told like a rap song

Mrs.Oliver Such a good book! 2y
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Tabitha_H
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This RF Coretta Scott King and Newberry award wining N, would make a great LC candidate. This book is about twin brothers following in their formally NBA player fathers footsteps and dealing with the challenges of becoming their own people and growing up. This book makes sure it relatable to its target audience. Teachingbooks.net offers a fun spin on a traditional lesson plan with a rhyming game with words from the text and passing a basketball.

Tabitha_H #UCFLAE3414SP20 I would use UDL principle 2.1, clarify vocabulary and symbols. The ESOL strategy would be #2, promote cooperation on small groups, such as a LC. 2y
DrSpalding What a beautiful image. Promoting cooperation in literature circle groups is very important. These book chats can enhance comprehension of the text. This is a wonderful book to use in your future classroom. I heard him read aloud on Instagram last week; he is fantastic. 2y
DrSpalding Wining N.....? What genre? 2y
Tabitha_H New berry Award Winner !! & RF, Realistic Fiction. 2y
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Ellington BL
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I really really enjoyed this book so much that I had to read it twice! The Crossover is a very good book in my opinion. I love Kwame Alexander's writing style, to me it brings the book to life.

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Tamra
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Son gives this one 5⭐️ and was even willing to pose, which says something!

Tamra He hopes there are plans to illustrate the other 2 in the series. 3y
ravenlee Nice xylophone! Who plays? 3y
Cortg I love the cover on this copy AND I'm glad he loved the book! 🙌 3y
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LeahBergen Posing is a true endorsement! 😆 3y
Tamra @LeahBergen totally! 😂 He usually won‘t. 3y
Tamra @ravenlee he does - he‘s in percussion. Of course he prefers bucket drumming. 😂 3y
ravenlee Well, being well-rounded is important 😆. That looks a lot like my pit xylophone, which earns me a regular part-time income throughout the year. Just to throw that out there, that music can be a nice side job someday. 3y
Nebklvr I enjoyed the Crossover 3y
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1cameron
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I think this book is really good for someone who like sports/ basketball. I said pick because I love basketball and it has a really good plot. It is a good book for some one who likes a shorter read it looks long but it isn‘t. It is motivational it makes you want to go play some basketball.

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YvetteE
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The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, is a RF novel about a teenage boy and his adventures as a high school basketball icon. Josh is following in his famous father‘s footsteps as he dominates the sport of basketball. #ucflae3414fl19

YvetteE The book includes Josh‘s journal-like entries, featuring poems and other narratives. Just as Josh begins to feel secure with basketball, his father has multiple heart attacks which eventually take his life. Read The Crossover and find out why the book earned both a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Awards Honor. 3y
YvetteE https://www.teachervision.com/novels/crossover-educators-guidehickleberrypunchfi...
The lesson plan includes ESOL strategy 2. Promote cooperation (small groups) and 10. Teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups. Students will work together in groups to draw the characters from the story given the provided details. SR activities include “text message poems,“ that the students will write then share.
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YvetteE Sustaining efforts and persistence is practiced with UDL principle, Foster collaboration and community (8.3) by watching YouTube videos about basketball and comparing the “crossover” metaphor in the book. 3y
DrSpalding I agree with shared reading for this title! What a cool resource to include text message poems that students create and share with one another. That works nicely with your selected English learner strategies. Missing codes. 3y
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Zoesomerville
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This book is about a pair of twins that love basketball, I have barely gotten through half the book but so far it‘s very good. The twins names are josh bell otherwise known as Filthy McNasty and his twins name is Jordan bell and the book tells you about what they think, do from their perspective. It is also a graphic novel with some cool rhymes. If you like realistic fiction or comic books I would recommend The Crossover by Kwan‘s Alexander

MissYaremcio Thanks for the review Zoe! Make sure you include the picture next time! 3y
tak.ogita funny 3y
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kradebaugh
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This book is a cross between realistic fiction and poetry. This book by Kwame Alexander is a 2015 Newberry Medal Winner and 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner. I think this book is one that I would use on a 5th to 8th grade level.
I think it is better read as an individual. The story is told by a boy who has to face life on and off the court and discovers that life can take you places you never wanted to go. #ucflae3414f19

kradebaugh The UDL's that I chose were 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols and 4.1 vary the methods for response and navigation. ESOL. Continually monitor students' comprehension and Use preview/review activitites. 3y
ChrisC I read this book as well. It‘s a good read and a very interesting story. 3y
DrSpalding You read so many chapter books and novels Katie! Good for you. Sometimes I enjoy them more than adult reads. Helpful resource and nice alignment. This book should definitely be in your classroom library in the intermediate grades. 3y
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ChrisC
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This book is a realistic fiction book about two twin brothers who love basketball. Their names are Jordan bell and josh bell and we follow their difficult story through their middle school years. This is a good easy read for kids in grades 3-5. The teaching strategy we could use is shared reading. #ucflae3414f19

ChrisC The ELL strategy I would use is to continually monitor the students‘ comprehension to make sure they understand what they are reading. The UDL principle I would use would be 2.1 clarified vocabulary. If they don‘t understand the vocabulary it would affect their comprehension. 3y
ChrisC @DrSpalding I fixed this post 3y
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kspenmoll
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#basketballrule#3 #FilthyMcNasty #JB #twins
“Always shoot
For the sun
and you will shine.”

The poetry, structure,language,rhythm, beat, energy, motion- all combined, make this book an experience in and of itself. Has the 9th grade students reading this book, highly engaged, alive, laughing, sharing, connecting,- taking a wild ride- one of motion, grace, love, family, heartbreak, community, loneliness, loss,genetics, food, and of course “SWISH!”🏀

merelybookish Great review! 3y
Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ✨🌞 3y
kspenmoll @merelybookish Thank you! It‘s such a wonderful book!! 3y
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts There is so much to quote- a poetic feast of a book! 3y
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kspenmoll
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#literaturecircles #bookclub #teachersofLitsy #YAbooks
It was wonderful today to read silently with the class for our first day of literature circles. Felt luxurious!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 💕 3y
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you my friend. 💕 3y
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Peddler410
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They‘re calling this a graphic novel. I‘m struggling hard to see that format represented here....🤷🏻‍♀️ Am I the only one? I don‘t think I will be shelving this with my graphic novels.

My daughter just told me they got it wrong.

LibrarianRyan I tried to read this. It kept freezing my iPad. It‘s not a standard graphic novel as you generally think of them. But I do think it‘s a graphic representation of the original work. Admittedly I only got through 50 pages before I gave up to seek a print copy. 3y
Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan I think of it as illustrated novel. Thumbing through there are a handful of panels and very occasional speech bubbles. The amount of text is going to keep me from putting this in graphic novels 3y
Daisey @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan I just finished this and was scrolling through reviews. I think I like the categorization as illustrated novel better. It was not what I expected when I hear graphic novel version, but I think the style chosen works perfectly for this story. 2y
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Solbrewerton
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This book was good. It was a lot better than the last one I read. This one still was still about two kids lives. This book had more sports in it which I expected it to be about. Overall it was a really good read. I would rate it a 8/10

Cfischbuch I‘m excited to see how they interpret this as a graphic novel - coming soon to a library near you. 3y
Solbrewerton Yeah I heard about that. I searched this book up and it said there was graphic novel coming out 3y
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Stephanie5
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This book written by Kwame Alexander is RF and should be used in the classroom as a LC. The book is about young 12 year old Josh which happens to go through trials and tribulations with growing up. Seeing that he plays basketball and his twin brother too fights through difficult times with the heart attacks his father encounters as well as going through middle school feeling alone. #ucflae3414su19

Stephanie5 The UDL I would use for this one is 3.2 because this would help students fully understand the relationships that Josh has over the period of time. The ESOL strategy that I would use is 1 because I feel that HOT questions would help with comprehension. 3y
DrSpalding Helpful discussion questions however I would go straight to Kwame himself! 3.2 aligns nicely as does English learner one 3y
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jmartucci
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a RF story, and John Newberry Medal winner about twin brothers that want to play basketball. The unique way of writing could be a good way to incorporate it into a poetry lesson. This would also be a great LC book for the students to discuss; many would probably be able to relate to the story. I would use ESOL strategy 2 and promote cooperation in small groups.

jmartucci I would use UDL 3.1 and activate their background knowledge. https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=38077. I would use this website which has some nice resources available. #ucflae3414su19 3y
Stephanie5 I loved reading this book! Especially during the death in a family. (edited) 3y
DrSpalding English learner strategy number two is perfect for literature circles! I am glad you enjoyed this and would consider using it in a future classroom. Do it!🏀 3y
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Mary_Dehner
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winner) is a classic RF novel about two teenage twin boys growing up and trying to find their way though the sport of basketball. This book is great for poetry based compression skills. I would have my student IR this book and review compression skills related to the text within a lesson. The strategies I would use are UDL 3.3 and ESL #9. #UCFLAE3414SU19

Mary_Dehner Linked here is a graphic organizer resource to enhance comprehension skills for this text. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Poetry-Comprehension-Graphic-Organiz... 3y
Macker11 I think students would love the connection they can make to this book! This is definitely one I would like to have in my classroom! I love having the graphic organizer in the class too! Being able to have them do an organizer on a book they are enjoying will make them write more than usual! 3y
Kendylleonard I love this book! The graphic organizer is a great idea because it allows the students to comprehend what they are reading, while also working on understand the poetry components in the book. I would definitely love to have this in my future classroom library! 3y
DrSpalding I would go straight to the author for resources regarding this award winner. While I know this resource has quality information… I prefer you go to the author and publisher sites first. 3y
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Kendylleonard
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a RF book that has won the 2015 Newberry Medal and Coretta Scott King. This coming of age poetic novel is about two twin boys that are having some trouble as one brother starts to like a girl at school. These tiffs start to effect how the boys play basketball and their home life. I would use this book as an IR or a RA, depending on the reading level and age of your students. #UCFLAE3414SU19

Kendylleonard The resource I found gives vocabulary words for the book. I thought this was a great resource because this book does use some terms that students might not know; so this is a great way for students to understand what these words mean! https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/crossover I would use UDL 2.1 by clarifying vocabulary. I would use ESOL strategy #20. 3y
Mary_Dehner Great review Kendyl, couldn‘t have said it better myself. I really enjoyed reading this book. It‘s an easy read that provides so many teaching opportunities. 3y
Kendylleonard @Mary_Dehner I loved it too! I literally cried at the end! 3y
Mary_Dehner @Kendylleonard it‘s a good one! Literally read it in two sittings. Very relatable. 3y
DrSpalding It is an excellent coming of age poetic novel. Looking forward to you all being able to discuss this in class. 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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I love Kwame. I cant wait to see this edition.

Out September

#CoverLove #KidsEdition

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gabbymartin
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This RF novel written by Kwame Alexander is a 2015 Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award winner. This bold story is about two basketball playing brothers and their bond being tested in the midst of life experiences. The brothers ultimately renew their relationship and learn it‘s not always about the win.
Strategy: LC, IR
UDL-9.3: Students reflect on their relationships and decisions in life

gabbymartin EL-16: Integrate activities for each chapter that will increase comprehension. Website: https://www.ccsoh.us/cms/lib/OH01913306/Centricity/Domain/207/THE%20CROSSOVER%20... - an excellent resource with lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and rubrics for the book. (edited) 3y
MeganKlein I LOVED this book! I definitely ugly cried at the end. Also, great resource—I did not see this one when I was looking up resources for this text. 3y
Kendylleonard @MeganKlein I bawled at the end! It‘s such a great book! 3y
DrSpalding I agree that this could be used for a literature circle or an independent read. It is an emotional story that is an excellent example of realistic fiction. 3y
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