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

Not Yeti: A Read, Discuss, Do! Review and Craft

Submitted by Mindy Baker

Not Yeti,
written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Claire Keane, is a humorous picture book about Yeti. Yeti is not like other monsters. He does kind things like sing to whales, bake banana bread, make inspirational quotes, and compliment others (even the weeds). Because he is different, the other monsters do not treat him well. They do not invite Yeti to their party. But although Yeti is disappointed, he decides to have a party of his own. It is attended by the whales, turtles, and other creatures he has been kind to throughout the story. This book gently, but powerfully shows children a way to deal with situations in which they are excluded. 

READNot Yeti by Kelly DiPucchio



  1. How is Yeti different from the other monsters in the book?

  2. How do the other monsters treat him?

  3. Have you ever had this happen to you?

  4. How did Yeti handle not being invited to the party?

  5. Does this give you any ideas for how you could respond in a similar situation?



DO: Make a Yeti 

You will need:

  • Index cards

  • Tissue paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Googly eyes

  • Optional: Make this craft into a magnet (Cut magnet squares from magnent tape with adhesive backing). Or punch a hole and loop a string to hang your Yeti somewhere where you will see him.


1. With scissors, cut the index cards into the shape of the Yeti.

2. Crumple the tissue paper and glue to the cards. (You may have to trim, tuck, and form it a little)

3. From cardstock, cut out the ears, bow tie, and face shape. Attach with glue.

4. Glue on the googly eyes. 

5. Talk to your Yeti! Put him somewhere to remind you to be kind to others!