Found and Blackout Poetry

What is Found poetry?

Here are some samples:

Sample #1

Sample #2

Even cooler! Here are some samples from students:

Midnight Thoughts

From The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie, pg. 240

Winter’s Hand

As you can see, there are many ways to create Found poetry.


 

Now for the fun part.  I have a bunch of old magazines and books in the back of the classroom.

Go and make your own Found poetry on your notebook covers (or on the inside cover if you prefer)! I have contact paper so you can protect your notebook covers.

Consider taking a picture of your poetry.  You might want to post it on the blog you’ll be creating in the next couple of weeks!

First Day: Welcome!

Welcome to our class blog, students!

While I take attendance, please respond to the following on a post-it note:

Why I Write

It’s optional whether you put your name on it, but you will be sharing it with the class.

 

In case you ever need to access it quickly, here is our syllabus.

Here is a copy of my parent letter as well.

Now let’s practice our writing skills and get to know each other by playing two truths and a lie.

 

Remember, everyone needs a writer’s notebook by Thursday and signed parent/student contracts are due this Friday.

Here’s to a great semester of writing!

 

A Farewell to Creative Writing

Students,

I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know you through your writing this semester. You have proven to be a talented, eclectic bunch.  I hope some of you consider taking Advanced Creative Writing so you can continue to improve your writing skills and add to your blog!

Before you leave, there are three more tasks for you to complete:

  1. Create your final post for this class. Select one of the two following options:
    *Let your readers know this will be your last post on this blog as the class is ending. Add any other ‘flair’ to the post that you’d like and thank them for their feedback.*Let your readers know that while this is your last post for the class, you plan to continue posting on this blog. You might let them know what to expect from you in the future. Add any other ‘flair’ to the post that you’d like.
  2. Read our literary journal, Et cetera, and post an encouraging comment on at least ten of your peers’ blogs.
  3. Take our class survey.

I hope you all continue writing your entire life. It can be an invaluable asset!

Final Project: Online Literary Journal

DP #52: Writing Advice

Read the provided handout with quotes from published writers. When you’re done, write down some writing advice of your own and be prepared to share with the class.

 

Hi folks!  It’s time to talk about the final exam project for this class: your submission to our online literary journal.

Here are the directions on how to do the final project.  You’ll all be submitting to our online literary journal, Et Cetera.

We will be meeting in various labs for the remainder of the semester, including exam day.

Your final piece which is due MONDAY (JANUARY 14th) by the end of the hour.

 

Now, let’s have some fun writing fan fiction!

 

 

Class Chain Story

Daily Prompt #51: Create-a-scenario (given setting)

Create a scenario which takes place in the following setting:

  • Present day, interior of the school cafeteria, Friday night, 11pm

Take ten minutes.

 

We’re going to have some creating chain stories as a class.

Let’s get in one big circle.

Now, everyone, start by writing a title for your story in your notebooks (you each will have your own).

Pass your notebook to the left. Read the title of the new notebook in your hand, then begin writing.

Whenever I say, “Pass!” you should pass to the left.

By the end of the activity, you will each get your notebooks back, complete with a story created by the class.

 

Unleashing Pandora’s Box

DP50: The bird looked at me and said…

Finish the sentence. You have three minutes.

 

Today, I will be opening “Pandora’s Box.” It is a box full of randomness that will dictate what you will spend the hour writing about.

At each table, every person gets to draw one item from “the box” and set it in the center of the table. You then have to write a story (individually or with a partner) which incorporates ALL of the items drawn.

The catch? You will also be drawing a “genre” card which tells you what kind of story to write.

Have fun! We’ll save the end of class for sharing a few.

 

Show and Tell (for big kids)

DP #49: Today I feel…

Finish the sentence above. Take three minutes.

 

Hi folks! Today, you’re going to use the item you brought as inspiration for writing a creative essay, screenplay, story, or poem (or a morph of two or more).

Put the item on your desk in front of you and consider the following to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Do you have a true story about this item you want to write about?
  • Why did you bring this item in?
  • Who might have an item like this?
  • Where did this person get it from?
  • Is this item alive?
  • Does this item have a name?
  • Could this item be used as a good luck item?
  • Where has this item been?
  • Why is this item so important?
  • Why is this item so tragic?
  • What does this item represent?
  • If this item could talk, what would it say?

You have twenty minutes to craft something.

The remainder of class, we will do traditional “show and tell” except you’ll be reading the piece you wrote to the class (or an excerpt) as you show off what you brought.