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

Story Time Idea: FLORETTE by Anna Walker

Has the coming of spring got you thinking about gardens? Read the lovely Florette by Anna Walker for a charming garden story time. Talk about gardens: the garden in the book, your own gardens, gardens you've visited. Then create a container garden of your own! Need help? Here's a resource for container gardening for kids from kidsgardening.org. 

Find a list of more great gardening books in our list of 12 Picture Books About Gardens