Found Poetry – December 10, 2013

Posted on December 10, 2013. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: |

Hi Class!

I’m so sorry that I don’t get to be with you today.

What we have planned for today, found poetry, is one of my favorite types of poetry! I can’t wait to read your poems when I get back to school tomorrow.

Found poetry is a type of poetry that you write by carefully selecting words from another text (usually prose of some kind).  Seeing a few examples might help you understand better:

Use with poetry unit:  "Block Out Poetry with art" using old newspapers or books...very cool

Gorgeous blackout poetry!  Let students express their creativity!

(All examples featured in this post are from: )

Here’s what you’ll do today in class:

1) Visit this link to read more examples of found poetry:

2) After you read the examples, obtain a section of text from the substitute teacher.  Read the text several times to see if any ideas begin to emerge…what sort of poem can you FIND in this text?

3) Circle (in pencil) any words, phrases, or clauses that stand out to you; circle the words you would like to include in your poem.

4) Then, you will write your own poetry using the texts provided (a page from Ender’s Game and from The City of Ember ) by eliminating all of the other words from the text except for the ones you have selected.

5) Be funny.  Be serious.  Be moody.  Be happy.  Be you!  You can be as creative or as artistic as your poem requires you to be…just remember:

Poetry through subtraction. Great activity to use newspapers/magazines for recycling.

6) Make sure that your found poems gets taped into your WN.

7) Rewrite your poem as a “traditional poem” like this one from the found poem above:

anyone can

scribble out


the clever part 

is knowing which words 

to leave 

8) Finally, write a brief reflection explaining the process of writing found poetry.

  • Did you find it helpful to use this method?
  • What was your inspiration?
  • Would you like to write a poem using this method again?
  • How has studying phrases and clauses helped you with this activity?

See you tomorrow!  🙂

~Ms. Morris


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