A couple of weeks ago, I gave the girls a Blackout Poetry assignment. What is Blackout Poetry? Here are loads of great examples from Austin Kleon. He used newspaper articles, but you can use any text.
For our project, I pulled an idea from this Pinterest page (thank you, Racheal.) We used this passage:
(and here's what someone else did with it) from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Of course, it's always a good idea to credit the source of your blackout poem. Copyright, copyright, copyright, people!
We drew an idea from our aptly named Idea Jar:
Our inspiration: Springtime. (And oh, am I feeling inspired about spring after the frigid temps of the last couple of days!)
Here's what I came up with for my "illustrated" blackout poem:
Here's the text I highlighted/kept:
branches of trees.
A light ahead,
but a long way off.
A wood at night,
through the wood,
towards the other light.
among the trees
~ Karen Edmisten
If I get permission from the girls, I'll share their creations here, too. (It's just not as simple as it was when they were eight years old and every smashingly cute word out of their mouths was blog fodder. Sigh.)
For more about Poetry Friday, go here.