For this project, students will be putting together a collection of “found poetry” for each fiction selection read in your particular unit.
A found poem consists of words, phrases, and sometimes even whole sentences that students “find” in a work of literature and arranged to look like a poem. Pretty easy. However, the words, phrases and sentences that are chosen to be included in the found poem must stay in the order that ythey were found in the text,;words cannot be altered by adding words or rearranging them in a different order. Don’t worry if the poem doesn’t read exactly the way that most poetry is written— be creative with the text! The purpose of this project is to create something unexpected and unique about fiction that may reveal something new about the story students have read, so feel free to use artistic instinct to make the poems visually powerful! The poems should be meaningful—in other words, not just random words and such that are slapped down on a piece of paper and called a poem. The aim is to make a statement about a character or the theme of the story with the selected words and phrases (see the example).
Be sure to download the rubric for this project; it is listed separately.