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

Summer Challenge Sign-up and GIVEAWAY!

 The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge is just over two weeks away, and we are celebrating with a GIVEAWAY for those who sign up to join the fun!

The Summer Challenge is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, day care providers, and educators who will be spending time with kids this summer. It's not much different than what we do throughout the rest of the year: encourage you and the kids in your life to read a book, discuss the book, and do an activity related to the book! But with the Summer Challenge, we hope to inspire a little extra summery reading and fun!

How do you participate? Easy! 

To participate "officially" and be eligible for the giveaway, you must:

  1. Comment on this post (scroll to the bottom and click "post a comment") indicating your intention to take on the Summer Challenge (be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter so we can contact you if you win). That's it!
Bonus stuff to do if you want to get all the fun you can out of this challenge:
  1. Download the square Summer Challenge graphic (at the top of this post) and share it on your blog or social media to help us spread the word.
  2. Subscribe to the Read, Discuss, Do! newsletter so you won't miss a theme. 
  3. Share the fun on social media with the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge. 
  4. Download the printable Summer Challenge bookmarks. Kids can color them and even design one of their own. Perfect for marking their spot in all the books they'll be reading this summer!

You do NOT have to sign up in order to join in the fun. But you DO have to sign up in order to be eligible for the GIVEAWAY. What could you win? A copy of Rebecca J. Gomez's book Federico and the Wolf! Comment below (and fill out the Rafflecopter form) to enter! 

We hope you will join the fun, which begins on June 3rd!

Oh, and one more thing. If you miss out on this giveaway, no worries. There will be another one at the end of the summer!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Samantha Worthing said…
We're going to color and use those fun bookmarks! ;)
Rebecca Gomez said…
Glad to hear that, Samantha!
Julia said…
So fun!! I love the bookmarks :)
Kylee Jones said…
This looks so fun! We're in!
Michelle said…
The Summer Reading Challenge bookmarks are so adorable! I love the smiling sun :D
MrsKohl said…
I would like to read books aloud that are part of this summer challenge!
Jessica said…
Looks fun! We're in :)
Anne and Kira said…
Count us in too. Sounds like fun.
wendy browne said…
My 1st grader would like to join.
Mindy Baker said…
So excited to see all of these fabulous participants!
Rebecca Gomez said…
A big THANK YOU to everyone who signed up and entered the giveaway. Michelle is the winner, and will be contacted by email to claim her prize.