Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom

Poetry for Teens Who Think They Don’t Like Poetry

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Even the most reluctant students love creating “found” poems, also known as blackout poetry. All you’ll need to fill an entire class session is this Prezi (click here to download a FREE copy from my shop), dark markers or crayons, and a few newspaper pages or photocopies of a few pages from any novel you’re currently studying. Begin with an explanation of the technique, hand out supplies, and wait for the awesomeness to emerge.

I use this lesson as a part of my larger poetry unit, but it also makes for a nice mid-novel break on a day when you want to allow the kids to catch their breath/catch up on their reading.

Check out these inspiring examples from The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, and the New York Times:

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