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


by Mindy Baker

D is for Drool: My Monster Alphabet, written by Amanda Noll and Shari Dash Greenspan and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, is an adorable and very monsterly alphabet book! When a little boy can’t sleep, he decides to say his ABCs. A is for arms, B is for belly, C is for claws. You get the idea. The illustrations make this book truly special. This is sure to become a family favorite and is a fun way to help your child learn his letters and letter sounds. 

READ: D is for Drool: My Monster Alphabet



  1. What is your favorite monster in the book?

  2. As you read, when you say a body part such as the monster neck or nose, have your child point to his/her neck or nose.

  3. Have you ever had a hard time getting to sleep? What strategies did you try?

  4. What letter does Neck/Nose start with?

  5. Can you think of any other words that start with the N sound?

  6. Repeat for other letters.



DO: Make monsters that can be used to practice letter shapes! 

You will need:

  • 1 package craft sticks (colorful ones make it fun)

  • Markers

  • Glue gun

  • Googly eyes

  • Variety of “bits and bobbles” for the hair and accessories of your monsters.

  • Chenille stems (so you can twist to make the rounded letters)


1. Twist two different colored chenille stems together or use a craft stick.

2. With a glue gun, attach the googly eyes.

3. Use bits of yarn, fabric, sequins, chenille stems, or other bits and bobbles to make the monster into a unique friend.

4. Decorate with markers (optional).

5. Using your monsters, practice forming your letters.