Kwame Alexander's Rebound Teaching Guide

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This educator's guide for Newbery Award-winning poet and novelist Kwame Alexander's verse novel Rebound is Common Core-aligned and features activities based around reader's theater, sports and games, family trees, and journaling. Also included are discussion questions and pre- and post-writing activities.

Teaching Tip: If desired, have students read Kwame Alexander's The Crossover after reading this novel, and use the accompanying educator's guide to the book.

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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Author: Kwame Alexander

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.

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