Our students have been learning the art of poetry and how to use and indentify figurative language. Probably the most difficult thing about poetry is the ability to express a lot of meaning in few words. One subgenre of poetry that our students have learned about this year is Blackout Poetry.
Blackout poetry involves taking a page from a published work, usually photocopied out of a book, and using words from that page to create your poem. It is a fun medium because the words you use are limited and the best ones find a way to say something meaninful with only a few key words. To make the Blackout poem you box out the words you want to use and you color over or black out all of the extra words. It's a fun activity for the students and a way for students to get creative.
The picture above is an example from a student in Mr. Haight's class.