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:
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!!)