Blackout Poetry is a brilliant technique that uses existing text to create a poem with a new meaning. Underlines was not the creator of Blackout Poetry, just a big fan of it. Whilst some call the activity creative destruction, we like to think of it as a Imagination Fuel.
Here is a how to of creating a blackout poem with children.
You will need: -Existing text from a story
-Black felt tip pen
– You may also wish to have other colour pens.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Published by Macmillan Children’s Books – RRP
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is certainly not a book that needs encouragement to read. A hugely popular book that has been adapted into a play and a screenplay, The Gruffalo is filled with magic.
Join the character of Mouse as he journeys through the wood, meeting plenty of brilliant characters on the way who would find him quite tasty to eat. Mouse, however small, is filled with bravery and thinks fast on his feet warning everyone he meets of the ‘terrible’ Gruffalo.
The book filled with rhymes and repetition is perfect for children learning to read, allowing them to learn and recall phrases such as ‘An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good’, only with the animal changing as the journey progresses.