Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and 6th grade teachers Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Slade recently led 6th grade AC ELA through the creation of Blackout Poetry! Students chose pages that spoke to them from stacks of discarded paperbacks. The books were far past their prime and were actually on their way to the dumpster, but new life was found!
Here’s the prep:
Instruction was provided that included examples of Blackout Poetry some of which were from McEachern High School’s Advanced Content Art Class! Thanks to Media Specialist, Mrs. Buckert for connecting Durham with them.
Examples of Blackout Poetry from McEachern High School
Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.
Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.
Gather the interesting words.
Scan the page looking for words and phrases that jump out at you. BE PATIENT! This is the most challenging yet most important step.
Circle those words lightly in pencil.
Determine what words to keep.
Read through your list of circled words to see if you have a poem forming.
Remember, we read from top to bottom and left to right, so the words need to be in that order.
Decide if you want to eliminate or add words. Do that now!
Refine word choice.
Write your poem out (on notebook paper) and read it aloud to yourself to make sure it makes sense.
Decide what you want the reader to understand or feel after having read their poem?
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem.
Use a sharpie or flair pen to outline.
Then, erase all the pencil marks.
Use markers, colored pencils, crayons, to complete your blackout poem.
The final results are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Here are just a few of them:
After the Blackout Poetry, the students reflected on their experience by writing inner dialogues.