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

Snack and Story Time: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes

By Trine Grillo

Few things are as much fun as catching snowflakes on your tongue. You lift your face to the snowy sky and stick out your tongue as far as you can. Some of the flakes land in your nose and ears, but when you catch one - AHH!  So what do these little miracles of nature taste like? And if you could capture them, what would you do with them?

Here is a sweet story and a delicious snowflake snack to try. And then if you are lucky enough to have snow where you live, get out there and catch some flakes! 

READ: If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacy Previn


Have you tasted a snowflake?

What did it taste like?

If you have never tasted a snowflake, what do you think it would taste like?

DO: Make Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes 

Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes


Flour tortillas

Melted butter

Sugar sprinkles and/or cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Fold the tortillas in half and then in half again.

Use scissors to cut designs just like you would a paper snowflake.

Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Brush with melted butter and shake on the sugar sprinkles or cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown along the edges.
Cool and eat up!

Delicious dips: yogurt or whipped cream

Recipe idea from ourbestbites.com


Claire Annette said…
What a great idea to go with a wonderful book. I'm looking forward to sharing this book and trying out the fun recipe.
Rebecca Gomez said…
I hope you enjoy your snowflake story time!