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 Three: Setting Sail!


It's week three of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having a blast sharing great books, having good discussions, and getting active with your kiddos. If you're just joining us, don't worry. You can jump in any time! 

This week's challenge is SETTING SAIL! We hope you'll read some books the feature BOATS in some form, and that you'll do some "sailing" of your own. It could be any thing from a bathtub adventure to setting sail on a real boat! Whatever you do, make it fun, and be sure to share your posts on social media with the #RDDSummerChallenge hashtag!

Recommended titles:

Boats Float! by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon, illustrated by Mick Wiggins

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

Penguin Sets Sail by Jessica Linn Evans

Bon voyage!


Mindy Baker said…
I'm loving these challenges!!