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

THANK YOU, OMU! Review and Activity


by Tina Cho

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora is a delightful BIPOC picture book about a woman who cooks a thick red stew in her apartment building and the smell wafts down the street and around the block. Soon visitors knock at her door, starting with a little boy, and then a police officer, all wanting to taste this delicious stew. But when it comes time for Omu to eat, there is none left. However, at the very end, the visitors remember Omu and thank her. This book could be shared during the Thanksgiving season as not all families in America eat turkey. And it has a wonderful theme of thanksgiving.

Read: Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

Discuss: 

  1. How do you think Omu felt about sharing her thick red stew?

  2. Can you think of a time when you shared with someone who didn’t have something?

  3. How did the visitors thank Omu? 

Do:

The little boy in the story made Omu a thank you card. You can make homemade thank you cards for people in your life. To make a thank you card inspired by the collage art of Thank You, Omu!, follow the directions below.

You will need:

  • Construction paper or card stock

  • Paper scraps in various colors and patterns 

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Pencil

  • Envelope (optional)


To make the card:

  1. Fold a sheet of construction paper or card stock in half. If using an envelope, measure and trim your paper ahead of time so that it will fit inside the envelope when folded.

  2. Choose your background. You can choose the plain card paper as your background or choose a colored or patterned paper. If using another paper, cut it to fit the front of your card. Glue in place.

  3. Cut out block letters for THANK YOU out of contrasting paper. If it helps, draw the letters lightly with pencil first. Glue the letters onto your card, spelling out THANK YOU. Add an exclamation point if you’d like. You can also add the recipient’s name.

  4. Other options: 

    1. Make your own patterned paper by coloring or painting on cardstock or construction paper. Be sure to let it dry before you begin your collage.

    2. Make a more complex design by creating a collage image in addition to THANK YOU message.



Other ideas for things to do after reading Thank You, Omu!:

This holiday season is a time for giving. With the help of a parent, cook a stew or bake cookies or muffins to share with neighbors and tell them how you appreciate them.


Comments

Mindy Baker said…
I will have to look for this book! I love your activity idea. Thanks for posting!
Rebecca Gomez said…
You're welcome. I hope you enjoy the story (and the art)!