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

Road Trip Fun inspired by ROAD TRIP by Roger Eschbacher

by Marci Whitehurst

What do you do when you spend two days in the car?

Besides feeling a little crazy, you can visit tourist attractions, sing, play games, and swim at the motel!

READ: ROAD TRIP by Roger Eschbacher, illustrated by Thor Wickstrom

This story follows a family through a two day road trip for a family reunion. Told in various rhymes and verse, the family stops at a truck stop to eat, tries to pass the time in the car with songs and games, and enjoys the swimming pool at their motel stop. This is a fun story that might have you itching to hit the road.


  • What is your favorite game to play in the car?
  • What type of music do you like to listen to in the car?
  • Do you enjoy telling stories? Listening to audio books?
  • Who do you like to visit when you travel?


We have two activity ideas for you today. Choose one or both! Maybe you could even combine the two!

Idea 1. Write a poem about traveling.

Use any form of poetry that you want: free verse, tercet, haiku…just make it about you and your travels! If you need a little help, try writing a new version of a rhyme from the book.

Idea 2. Create a Post Card!
  1. Using card stock or heavy paper, print off a template, like the one here. You can also create your own postcard. Make sure it's 4 x 6 inches so you can use a regular postcard stamp when you mail it.
  2. Decide who you want to receive your post card.
  3. Take your post card along with you on a road trip. Draw or write about the things you see or do along the way. Be sure to draw the design on one side (the blank side if you use the template) and leave the other side for a message, mailing address, and postage. You can create more than one post card!
  4. Mail your post card(s) to someone or share them when you arrive.
You can also buy post cards along the road. They are often an inexpensive way to get pictures of tourist destinations. Then add your own notes to save as keepsakes or give them to someone to share your trip with them.

No road trip? No problem! Design a post card for a place you've visited before or some place you'd like to visit one day. 

Have you taken a road trip this summer, or are you planning one? We'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment or share on social media with #RDDSummerChallenge.


Mindy Baker said…
I love the postcard idea!