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 Two: PLAY IN THE DIRT!

It's week two of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having as much fun as we are. If you missed week one, don't worry. You can catch up any time.

This week's challenge is to PLAY IN THE DIRT! Everyone knows that reading is good for kids. Playing in the dirt (or mud or sand) is good for them too. So this week, we hope you will do both, and that you'll share about it on social media. Be sure to use #RDDSummerChallenge in your posts!

Recommended titles:

Roy Digs Dirt, written and illustrated by David Shannon

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan

Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson

Have fun!