Sport Talk's Literature Link (Episode #2: "American Hero")

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Multimedia Details Title: Sport Talk's Literature Link (Episode #2: "American Hero")
Creator: Podcast created Julie Ryan Powell  Poem authored by Essex Hemphill  <
Submitted By: Julie Powell, Elmore County High School, Elmore County

Elmore County Schools - Elmore County High School


This podcast is an animated talk show segment titled Sport Talk's Literature Link. In the segment, the host (Jim English) speaks with poet Essex Hemphill about his basketball poem "American Hero." The segment includes a reading of the poem, a discussion of the theme, and an analysis of literary elements such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, mood, tone, and free verse. A transcript is also available for the podcast. 

Length: 5:16
Content Areas: English/Language Arts
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

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NCTE Standards:


Standard #1: Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. 


Common Core State Standards (Reading Standards for Literature 6-12):


Standard #4:   Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices or meaning and tone.