Black Out and Found Poetry Activity for High School Creative Writing

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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Add some fun to your creative writing unit or provide enrichment options for excelling students with black out and found poems. These classic poem types are more hands-on than traditional pen-on-paper writing, making them a great way to bust up boring classroom routines!

Black out and found poetry are highly flexible activities. These can be "filler" activities for half-days or can take days to finish. I usually give my students one day for each poem type plus a day to make sure both are finished. Then, I hang all of them up in the hallway for an easy, beautiful display of student work.

The great thing about black out and found poetry activities is that they can "shrunk down" or "stretched out" to suit your time needs! Keep these on hand for weeks before breaks or during testing!

This resource includes:

  • PowerPoint Slideshow (step-by-step directions with examples)
  • Suggested Lesson Plan
  • Student handout with directions (so you don't have to repeat yourself!)

The whole resource is available to view in the preview, so be sure to check it out and make sure that this activity is a good fit for you and your students!

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Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.


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