SLAM! Author: Walter Dean Myers By: Nick Keyes Reading-Roche Period 3 May 7
BIOGRAPHY OF WALTER DEAN MYERSWalter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937, in Martinsburg, WestVirginia. His birth name was Walter Milton Myers. He was then given to aman to take care of him named Walter Dean who lived in Harlem, Virginia.Herbert was African American. Florence was German and Native American.He said that he centered his life around the neighborhood and the church. Hesaid the neighborhood protected him and the church guided him. Walterdropped out of high school at the age of seventeen but the high school hewent to claims that he graduated. After he dropped out of high school Walterjoined the army. Basketball was a big part of his life when he laid in bed atnight he thought what would happen if he made the pros or what wouldhappen if he played college basketball.
SUMMARYThe book slam is about a kid named Greg Harris who grows up in the hood asthey say in the book. He faces some tuff things on his way to becoming anelite basketball player he goes through the troubles of school, his grandmabeing sick, and his friends. He has trouble in school by he doesn’t study orforgets to but if he does study he forgets it and the principle said that he cannot play basketball if he doesn’t get good grades. He has trouble with hisgrandma by it was just randomly that she got sick and with his parents goneto visit her in the hospital his parents do not make them dinner slam has tomake dinner for him and his little brother Derrick. The last thing he hastrouble with are his friends he had a best friend named Ice but then Slam andIce get in a fight about how Ice sells drugs so they aren’t friends anymore butSlam meets this one kid who people call Ducky who is on the basketball teamwith Slam becomes Slam’s best friend.
CHARACTERSMain Characters• Gregory Slam Harris- most important character he is good at basketball and sort of self-centered.• Ice- Was Slam’s best friend until they got into a fight. Starts to sell drugs.,• Ducky- Slam’s new best friend shorter and he is always there for Slam.Minor Characters• Mtisha- Slam’s girlfriend she is a very sociable person she always knows what people are doing.• Derrick- Slam’s little brother he is spunky and nosy he always wants to know what people are talking about.• Mrs. Harris- A very loving and caring person she seems like a good mom always taking care of Slam and Derrick.• Mr. Harris- A grouchy person when he does not have a job, he always loses a job, and he has a drinking problem.
PLOTIntroduction• You meet Slam and his family.• How Slam knows what time it is by the traffic.Rising Action• Slam goes to a new school.• Slam heres that if he keeps on getting bad grades he will not be able to play basketball.• Slam Makes the basketball team without even trying out.• Slam does not start his first and second basketball game.• Slam’s grandma gets sick and is in the hospital
PLOT CONTINUEDCLIMAX• Slam finds out that his best friend Ice is now selling drugs so they get in a fight over it and they are not friends anymore.Falling Action• Slam forgets that he has a test in math and forgets to study and he fails the test.• Slam’s coach Goldie says that he has to show the coach that he is a team player if he wants to start in a game.• Slam and a few of his teammates get in a fight.• Slam’s mom and his principle say the best thing for slam right now is to get a tutor for math.Conclusion• Slam starts to get in a fight with his coach.• Slam finally gets the picture about helping his teammates in basketball and passing the ball
VOCABULARY1. Nonchalanting-adjective coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual.2. Ghetto-a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.3. Cigarette- noun a cylindrical roll of finely cut tobacco cured for smoking, considerably smaller than most cigars and usually wrapped in thin white paper.4. Bodega- Noun a wine shop. A warehouse for storing or aging wine.5. Reefer-noun Nautical . a person who reefs. a short, close-fitting coat or jacket of thick cloth, similar to a pea jacket. A womans tailored, fitted, single- or double-breasted coat of durable material with a collar.
STARING ACTORSWill Smith as Slam. Nicki Minaj as Mtisha.
STARING ACTORST.I. as Ice. Queen Latifah as Mrs. Harris
STARING ACTORS Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Harris.Jayden Smith as Derrick.
SOUNDTRACK TUNESI chose the song winner by Jammie Foxx featuring T.I. I would have this song playing when they are in their first gameand they are losing until they put Slam in.I feel like I cant missI know they want me to fallBut aint nothin bigger than thisSo just pass me the ballYou know you lookin at a winner, winner, winnerI cant miss, cant lose, cant missYou know you lookin at a winner, winner, winnerCause Im a winner, yeah Im a winnerRead more: JAMIE FOXX - WINNER LYRICS http://www.metrolyrics.com/winner-lyrics-jamie-foxx.html#ixzz1uWQdqDHzCopied from MetroLyrics.com they are down until they put Slam in.
RATING I would give Slam! a four out of five stars. I thought it was a great book. I loved thebasketball games and I thought that this could actually be true. What I did not like wasall of the drugs and alcohol that happened. Like Ice selling drugs when he was only inhigh school. Also how the dad came home drunk sometimes so I thought that thatshould not be in the book. I would recommend this book though to whoever likesbasketball and just a greatly written story.
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONSHere are just a few other books dealing with basketball.• Summer Ball by Mike Lupica• The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam.• Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made by David Halberstam.