Danforth Students Enjoy Visit from National Author

     Published on 1/12/16   Tagged under:    District News    Academics    Danforth Magnet School   

Danforth students had the opportunity recently to meet award-winning author Kwame Alexander as he visited the school to speak about his book “The Crossover.”
Mr. Alexander, who has won a 2015 John Newbery Medal, 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, 2015 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor for Outstanding Fiction for Children and more, spoke with students about the book in an assembly.
Prior to the assembly, he met with a small group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys who had received copies of the book to read. Alexander read some of his favorite selections from the book, and students took turns reading parts that stood out to them. Students were even able to ask questions of the award-winning author.
One student asked why the book, a coming of age story centered around basketball, was written in poem form.
“Poetry is the best way to capture the rhythm of basketball,” he explained. “Basketball is poetry in motion!”
Mr. Alexander spoke with students about his process writing the book, including literary elements he used like alliteration and onomatopoeia.
“I try to inspire young people to get excited about the written word,” he explained. “That’s always my goal when I come to a school!”
Students said his mission was accomplished, noting that it’s rare they get to meet authors of books they are reading.
“You don’t get to meet authors everyday,” seventh grader Demorey Brantley said. “He was inspirational!”
Sixth grader Darie Thomas added, “It was awesome. He’s the first author I’ve met! We got to read his poems to him and he read some to us. I’ve read poetry before, but this was about basketball and I haven’t seen many poems about basketball. It’s so cool!”
Eighth grader Lamar Black said that with goals to publish his own book one day, meeting Mr. Alexander was extra special. “My goal is to write a book about basketball in poem form, too,” he said. “I had just finished reading his book last week, and meeting him gave me ideas for when I write my own book!”
Thank you to Mr. Alexander for visiting with the students at Danforth to help develop their love for reading, writing and poetry!