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

SUPER HERO GRAN review and writing activity

Review and activity by Marci Whitehurst

What happens when your grandma is your superhero?

Every day activities are super!

READ: SUPERHERO GRAN by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Joe Berger

In this cute story, children recognize the super powers of their Gran—which to them means sleepovers, treats, stories, and disguises. The rhyming text creates a cadence that dances the reader into the everyday world through the eyes of children who see their Gran as nothing less than super.

This book is part of series. Check out the other books such as SUPERHERO DAD and SUPERHERO MUM.

DISCUSS:

  • What does Gran do that makes her super?
  • Do you have a grandparent with similar qualities? What special qualities do you see in your grandparent(s)?
  • Are there people in your life that you think of as super heroes?

DO:

Fill out a super hero character worksheet for a hero in your life or to describe your own super hero alter ego!

In SUPERHERO GRAN, the grandmother is the children’s hero. Who is a “superhero” in your life? Fill out the list below to describe their superhero alter ego:

My Superhero is...

He/she is super because...

Our favorite thing to do together is...

Our favorite treats are...

My superhero lives in...

My superhero calls me...

My superhero's favorite thing to say is...

I like my superhero because...

Bonus! Draw a picture of your super hero.


Imagine you are a superhero! Fill out the list below to describe your superhero alter ego:

My name is...

My superpower is...

I like to help by...

I live...

My favorite superhero food is...

My sidekick's name is...

If I were scared, I might be afraid of...

My favorite song is...

Bonus! Draw a picture of yourself as a superhero.


You can download and print a PDF of this worksheet here! 







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