Poetry Challenge Week Four: Blackout Poems

 It’s week FOUR of the Weekly Poetry Challenge, and this week is all about blackout poems! A blackout poem is created by taking a block of text—like from a newspaper, magazine, or book—and “blacking out” everything except the words you want. Here’s a blackout poem I wrote: Created using the book MAKE BLACKOUT POETRY by John Carroll Read some black out poems! Here are some blackout poems by author Austin Kleon . Examples of student-created blackout poems . Check out this Pinterest board for more examples. Write a black out poem! When creating your blackout poem, you may to start with a pencil and circle or block around the words you want to keep for your poem. Then, once you’re happy with your poem use a sharpie to black out everything you don’t want. Blackout poetry is a great visual, but you can also type out your poem when you’re done to make it easier to read. Need a little help? Here’s a video by Austin Kleon on how he makes blackout poetry. If you or your kids write blackout poem

Summer Challenge Week Four - RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

It's week four of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having a blast sharing great books, having good discussions, and getting active with your kiddos. Maybe you've gone out for ice cream, built a sand castle, or went for a sailing adventure in an inflatable raft! If not, don't worry. You can join in on the fun any time! 

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, so this week's challenge is Red, White, and Blue! We hope that this week's theme will inspire you to read some books about the American flag and have some red, white, and blue fun of your own. You could make an an American flag cake decorated with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries. Or maybe color a picture of the American flag. Or make your own flag out of construction paper and paint! Whatever you do, make it fun, and be sure to tell us about it in the comments or share your posts on social media with the #RDDSummerChallenge hashtag!

Recommended titles:

America's Flag Story by Karen S. Robbins, illustrated by J. James - This simple rhyming book has some fun flag-themed activities in the back pages.

The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier - This book is the full text of the USA's national anthem, beautifully illustrated by Peter Spier.

The Story of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Patricia Pingry, illustrated by Nancy Munger - A simple history of the American flag. 

Happy reading!