Friday, March 24, 2017

Teach This Lesson Tomorrow - Blackout Poetry

So, the other day, I have 8 kids that needed a catch-up day in writing. That meant that I had 18 other kids that would need something else to do! I wanted something quick and engaging, yet completely higher-level and creative. Enter BLACKOUT POETRY!

Blackout poetry is a blast and could not be easier! All you need are some markers and a couple of busted-up books that Duck tape can no longer save...

Newspapers can also work!!

The idea is that you give the kids a page and they block out or circle some letters, words, phrases, and sentences that, when read together, resemble a poem. Next, they use some markers to darken the rest of the page so that the words pop.

Here are some examples:

Cool right?!?

Anyway, this makes the perfect "in between" writing assignment, center activity, or sub plan! The kids really enjoy it and they have to do some serious thinking to put together something that makes sense. And when they are finished, they look awesome hanging in the hallway :)

Are you or your students blackout poets? I'd love to see some of your work!

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I'd be remiss if I didn't share the most popular blackout from the other day... from the minds of "trending" middle schoolers:

 (Don't worry if you don't get it! I had no idea what it meant until a few weeks ago!!)


  1. I love love love your blog. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. My co-worker and I had so much fun with the Adele parody activity. We both love your ideas! Keep them coming!

  2. OMG just seeing the last example!!! Hahahahahah oh the life of middle school teachers. Hilarious.

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  4. Jenn
    I love your blog. You have given me so many ideas. However, there is so much. I want to try everything but my mind is spinning. Can you share how you cover so much in your ELA classes? For example, do you do writing, reading, and comprehension everyday. If so, how long our you classes? How much time do you devote to reading, writing, and comprehension each class period? Do you have a calendar or pacing guide on how you set-up your year?

    1. Hi! So, I am very fortunate that reading and writing are two separate periods in my school. That means I get 53 minutes of reading and 53 minutes of writing! That is the only way I am able to get through all this!!

      Jenna :)

    2. Do you have a pacing guide or daily schedule you share somewhere? I am trying to get the best out of my class time and am looking for ideas!!

  5. You have the best ideas! As an 8th grade teacher always looking for new lessons, I appreciate you very much! Keep your ideas coming!

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