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 Week Eight: Hit the Road, Jack!

by Marci Whitehurst

Welcome to week EIGHT of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge! Let’s hit the road! Do you have anywhere you travel to regularly? If so, why do you like going there? If not, where would you like to go?

Summer breaks may include road trips to visit family or friends. Or perhaps you’re traveling to take a vacation. If you’re not venturing anywhere this summer, that’s okay! Make a list of your top ten choices of places to travel or create a map of your neighborhood to travel around.

Whatever your plans are, when you hit the road, don’t forget to take along some books!

Suggestions for books to READ:
  • THE CARS AND TRUCKS BOOK By: Todd Parr This book shares about the types of cars and trucks you might see on the road—and their jobs! This is a compare and contrast book, with the theme: most of all, trucks love to be on the road. If you have an emerging reader, this is a level 1. Pair this book with naming the types of cars and trucks you see as you travel!
  • GO GO AMERICA By: Dan Yacarino Are you ready for a book of useless facts that you NEED to know? This book is chocked full of geography and fun trivia-type facts about all 50 states. For example, do you know which state’s official cookie is chocolate chip? Open this book to find out!
  • A TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS: By: Lori Degman and Illustrated by Dave Szalay If you need a good laugh about traveling told in rollicking rhyme, then this book is for you! If you’ve ever wondered if a monster would make a good travel companion—watch out for their tricks and their souvenirs! Many of America’s tourist attractions are featured in the illustrations.
  • THE AIRPORT BOOK: By: Lisa Brown Traveling by plane? This book is a must! Similar in style to Richard Scarry’s books, but told through the voice of a child, this book outlines all the steps to flying. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the child’s stuffed monkey!
Suggestions for things to DISCUSS:
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Would you travel by plane, train, car, bus—horses???
  • What do you love about this place?
  • Do you want to go somewhere you’ve never been before? What do you want to see?
  • How long do you think it takes to get to the place you want to go?
Suggestions for things to DO

Try some games in the car! Here are some suggestions:
  • Map fun! Help your driver get to your destination by navigating. If you don’t have a specific trip planned, maybe consider a trip around your city or neighborhood. Pretend you’re a tourist!
  • Eye Spy!
  • Sing-a-long
  • Make up an adventure story where everyone in the car only gets to add one sentence. What will happen next?
  • Try one of these games even if you're not road-tripping anywhere. Just pretend you are!