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 EIGHT: Make a Splash at the Pool!


Welcome to week EIGHT of Read, Discuss, Do's Summer Challenge! This week is all about making a splash. We hope you'll read some books that feature a swimming pool and make a splash in the pool yourself (just not at the same time!). If heading to the pool or a water park doesn't work for you, use the tub instead! Or run outside in the sprinkler. We're flexible! You could also do a project inspired by one of the books you read. Look back at this post about Jabari Jumps for one idea. Have fun, and don't forget about the hashtag, #RDDSummerChallenge. 

Suggested titles:

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall, a story about a young boy facing his fear of jumping off the diving board. This book may inspire your young readers to make the jump themselves!

1, 2, 3, Jump! by Lisl H. Detlefsen, illusrated by Madeline Valentine is another one about overcoming fear, this time about taking swim lessons. 

The Pool by Stanley Francis, illustrated by Angel Swan is a simple and silly story that is sure to amuse. And the simple text is ideal for beginning readers.