Slam, Dunk, Hook

simile
An expression that uses the “like” or “as” to compare two seemingly unlike things

metaphor
An expression that compares two seemingly unlike things

Why is “Slam, Dunk &Hook,” a good title for this poem?
The words in the title are basketball terms, and they convey dramatic, fast pace of the poem.

What is the author saying about the connection between friendship and basketball?
The game of basketball connects players to one another.

What message about team sports does the poem express?
The poem illustrates how team sports allow players to share and respond to one another without using words.

insignia
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poised
steady, balanced

glide
move smoothly and easily

intention
a plan to act in a certain way

contribute
to have a part in a group’s effort