Found Poetry and Blackout Poems


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Found Poetry  Blackout Poetry  Magnetic Poetry 



What is Found Poetry?


  • According to the website, “Ask Jeeves for Kids,” a found poem is “a composition made by combining fragments of such printed material as newspapers, signs, or menus, and rearranging them into the form of a poem.”


Poem Made by Cutting Up Wikipedia Articles


Found Poem:  Poetic Form, from



Teaching Strategy:  Found Poems from Facing History and Ourselves


Retelling History Though Poetry, Library of Congress



Found Poetry Instructions from ReadWriteThink





Student Challenge:  Create a New York Times Found Poem



Found and Headline Poems, from National Council of Teachers of English



Found Art Poetry 


The Arrow Finds Its Mark:  A Book of Found Poems.  Georgia Heard, Roaring Brook Press, 2012



Image by Laura Randazzo




What is Blackout Poetry?


Blackout Poems, Scholastic



Creating Blackout Poems with Google Docs



Searching for Poetry in Prose, New York Times.









Magnetic Poetry: A Found Poetry Learning Plan using Hands-On and Online Tools



Opener: How many of you have played Magnetic Poetry?


In 1993 Songwriter Dave Kapell had writer’s block so he cut up words from magazines and began rearranging them for inspiration. He sneezed, the paper went everywhere. He took a little advertising fridge magnet, taped the words on them and magnetic poetry was born.


Word Mover from NCTE Student Interactives


In pairs and trios, one half of the group opens the site Word Mover, from National Council of Teachers of English, and compose a found poem

Use the word bank, the background, the drop and drag features.


In pairs and trios, the other half of the group composes a poem using a hands-on magnetic poetry board.


Groups Share Their Poems with Each Other, Then Switch and Write a Poem in the Other Format


How did the experience of composing a poem on the computer differ from a hand-held board?

How might each engage format students, especially reluctant writers?