Display of blackout poetry by the 8th grade students of Karen Tegtmeyer! Awesome.

Display of blackout poetry by the 8th grade students of Karen Tegtmeyer! Awesome.

Awesome: grade nine students from Alberta, Canada making blackout poetry! Thanks @MsAmberJM for sharing!

Awesome: grade nine students from Alberta, Canada making blackout poetry! Thanks @MsAmberJM for sharing!

10-year-old students in New Zealand throw a blacked out blackout poetry party

Ginnie Thorner, a teacher at St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand, sent me this note:

On Friday night we had a Poetry Party and invited families [so the students could] share some of the approximately 150 poems that they had crafted and published across the year. There were about 20 blackout poems that the students decided to display in a small room. They blacked out the windows so that it was totally dark and guests went into the room and read by torch light (or cell phone light).

This is the coolest idea ever! I might steal it. Thanks to Ginnie and her students!

Austin

i'd love to use this in my classroom. suggestions? tips? okay with you?

Heck yeah. We love the classroom. Here are some examples and there’s a whole “how to" section in the book, Newspaper Blackout.

I never get sick of pictures of classrooms doing blackout poetry. (via @thereadingzone)

I never get sick of pictures of classrooms doing blackout poetry. (via @thereadingzone)

The folks at Duarte Design try out some blackout poetry

During a lunch break dedicated to enjoying “Analog Time” we gathered newspapers, magazines, photo copies of novels, lots of Sharpies, and started creating by subtracting. By the end of the hour, we had some incredible poems, and a solid buzz from the Sharpie fumes. Each of the poems was wildly different, even when they were created from the same passage of text. Some were hilarious, some were heartwarming, and at least one was pretty racy.

Poring over which words to omit, I realized that creating blackout poetry is similar to creating a great presentation. You start with a lot of stuff, you study it all and make decisions on what to eliminate and what to highlight, and at the end you are left with the few essential elements that work together to tell a story.

WritersParis:


  Blackout poets at work while @austinkleon drops knowledge


See more classrooms trying out blackouts
Newspaper blackout poetry class at Brooklyn Brainery

It was last night, but never fear: you can learn how to make blackout poetry in Newspaper Blackout.

Newspaper blackout poetry class at Brooklyn Brainery

It was last night, but never fear: you can learn how to make blackout poetry in Newspaper Blackout.

laitylodge:


  Afternoon blackout poetry in the Cody Center

laitylodge:

Afternoon blackout poetry in the Cody Center

Blackouts by MissJLud's students

Blackouts by MissJLud's students

Another classroom hard at work on blackout poetry! Love seeing students in action.

Another classroom hard at work on blackout poetry! Love seeing students in action.