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 Five: FIREWORKS!


We are into the second month of celebrating reading and fun with the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! If you are just joining us, feel free to catch up with previous challenges or dive right in starting with this week's theme: FIREWORKS!

We are continuing a celebration of the USA with today's theme, but even if you're not planning on doing any celebrating this week, you can still play along by reading a book that features fireworks and doing some kind of fireworks activity with your readers. Besides lighting or watching actual fireworks, you could write your own poems about fireworks or create a fireworks themed art project. Be creative and have fun! If you share about this on social media, please use the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge on Instagram and Twitter. 

Recommended titles: 

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Mercè López - A collection of haiku which is not specifically about fireworks, but look at that cover. And there is a haiku about fireworks in it. 

The Night Before the Fourth of July by Amy Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer - A charming story about a family's Fourth of July celebration written in the style of T'was the Night Before Christmas.

You're My Little Firecracker by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Natalie Marshall - A cute and festive board book celebrating the love between parent and child.

Do you have a favorite fireworks book? Do you like to light your own or watch from a distance?