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Poetry for Teens Who Think They Don’t Like Poetry

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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