I recently saw a great idea on Pinterest: black-out poetry. When I tried it with my class recently, it worked really well; my students enjoyed the lesson and it was particularly effective at developing their word selection skills.
How do you do it?
1) Find an old fiction book.
2) Rip a page out for each child.
3) The pupils must use a pencil to select and circle words on the page to form a poem (this is harder than it seems, so a pencil allows for errors to be erased).
4) A simple picture must then be created.
5) Using a permanent marker, everything outside the picture should be coloured black, except the selected words. *Stress that they must work carefully because mistakes can’t be corrected (a few of my students went partially over words).
Here is a selection of my brilliant students’ work:
Where’s the tech?
Why not ask your pupils to screenshot a webpage or online story and use shapes to black-out the words using word processing software?
Have you got any good poetry ideas? Share them by leaving a comment below.
The activity sounds interesting!