Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blackout Poetry

I did Blackout Poetry with K-5th last week.  We had so much fun!  

Everyone got involved!  I have some really creative students, teachers and paraprofessionals!

With Kindergarten we did it as a whole group.  It worked better this way since their reading skills are still low but there were a few students who could pick out some harder words.  Then those who were reading on level or a little below were able fill in with some of the "easier" words.

With 1st and 2nd we did one as whole group but I also let them do their own.  Since I used pages from chapter books some students circled sight words while others were able to circle harder words. Usually the teacher or para sat at the table with them and helped them as needed while I ran the library.

3rd-5th I show examples of what a couple of paraprofessionals, my student helpers and I did. Then they did their own.

I did not limit how many pages they could tear out of old books.  Some students wanted me to put their's on the window but also wanted to take one home to show their family.  So it worked better to let them tear out more than one page.

This is something I plan to do for many years to come!


  1. I am so glad you wrote about this today because I have been looking for a way to do this with my 5th graders. Most of what I've found online has been geared toward older kids. Would you be willing to share the details of how you taught this? My email is jhlaffin@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

  2. I will also use it, thanks Linsey. I have seen it being used with newspapers not pages out of old chapter books. This is great to know.

  3. I look forward to trying this with my students! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you! This is what I am going to do tomorrow with my kids!

  5. Apart from the great poetry that frequently emerges from this, it also makes kids acutely aware of words and their power. Great to see black out poetry being embraced in this way. I liked the way you employed a gradual release approach as well as choice.

  6. Wow, looks like such a success. I am eager to try this work with my students. It looks like they got very creative and they're visually beautiful, too!