A recent post on Martin Luther King suggested an idea using “blackout poetry”. It was to Read Julian Bond’s essay on the making of King into a non-threatening hero. Print the essay and create a blackout poem.
Since then I read about Austin Kleon’s new book, Newspaper Blackout. Austin posted some of his poetry on his blog here.
Diana Adams wrote about this creative form of poetry in her article, Newspaper Blackout Poems: A Creative Way To Write Poetry
This form of poetry is endless and ageless. It can be done to express oneself, highlight details from an informational text in a prose format, or turn a current event article into an ironic poem. For younger students, you can use Scholastic news articles. Allow students to print an article from the web regarding a specific topic. Differentiated articles will offer varied poems. Celebrate their creations like Austin does…”Since the #NewspaperBlackout show in April, I’ve been making a poem every day and posting it to Instagram.”
View this time lapsed video with your students.
Let the words be eliminated!