I completely forgot that I was going to blog about this. But better late than never!
There was an article in our Dallas Sunday newspaper a few weeks back about a gentleman by the name of Austin Kleon. He has just published a book of poetry using a method he more or less invented called "newspaper blackout".
The premise? Take a newspaper articles, column, advertisement, whatever -- and black out all the words except for those that make a poem.
He blogs about it and posts his poems here. It's actually really neat!
Ok I'm downplaying it -- I think it's really cool! Yet another idea to make me jealous. After all, what a great way to get students to create poetry. So often it's hard to come up with the words, but when they're already there for you . . . but you're looking for poetry really.
I can't use this until the girls are older unfortunately but IF YOU TEACH ENGLISH SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, you really should check this out. I might just have to try it myself as well.
Where did today's newspaper go . . .