The act of transforming the text into a different genre will help your students become more insightful readers while further developing their creative thinking and writing skills. The best part of this project is the freedom for students to examine the heart and soul of a novel while learning through experimentation and social interaction. The process of creating found poetry is dynamic, messy, fun, and wildly engaging, often turning out unique and inspiring poetic pieces that reflect the relationships students have developed with their novels.
Plan on starting this project at the beginning of the novel. You will have to invest one full period modeling a poem with your class while you read a short story, but after that your students will work independently on their assignments, so it shouldn’t take up any more time.
High-interest books with plenty of action and descriptive text works best with this assignment, giving students a virtual playground of words and meaning to work with. This can even work with a collection of poetry, with students collecting phrases from various poems to create a pluralistic poem.
*Includes a model poem