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

Snack and Story Time: THE PEACH PIT PARADE

by Mindy Baker

The Peach Pit Parade: A World War 1 Story by Shana Keller and illustrated by Margeaux Lucas is a great discussion starter for elementary age children and filled with fascinating history. It takes place in the WWI era. Polly's father goes to fight in the war, and the story shows how life in America changed drastically. Families like Polly's made sacrifices to help the war effort. They planted victory gardens and collected scrap metal. They used less fuel and had meatless Mondays and wheatless Wednesdays. When chemical warfare was introduced, peach pits were needed to make filters in gas masks. Polly makes a difference by organizing a parade in her community to collect peach pits. Her fictional story is based on historical truth and will inspire you to make a difference in your own community today. Includes back matter with helpful science and history details.


The Peach Pit Parade by Shana Keller, illustrated by Margeaux Lucas

  1. What is war? When was World War 1?
  2. What are some of the ways that Polly's life changed because of the war?
  3. What are some of the things that Polly and the other US citizens did to help the soldiers?
  4. What did the US make with the peach pits and how did this help the soldiers?
  5. Polly and her community made a difference by working together. What is one way you can help make a difference with your community?

Do: Make a Peach Smoothie.

  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 -2 cups shaved ice
  • 1 cup peach juice 
  • 1 container peach Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or more...as you like it)
In a blender, chop the ice until snow cone consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add more juice to thin if so desired. Pour into glasses, add a straw, and enjoy!

For more Peach related activities, check out this curated Pinterest Board: