Listen to U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read his book Imagine, using poetry as his format! Then enjoy some poetry activities below.
Activity 1: Make a Blackout Poem
Make a Blackout poem using a page from a discarded library book, newspaper or magazine.
Step One: Select any page.
Step Two: Look for words or phrases that grab your attention.That word or phrase will guide your poem’s meaning. Circle the word /phrase in pencil.
Step Two: Using a pencil, lightly circle the words you want to include in your poem. Remember, readers usually scan from left to right. Try not to circle more than three words in a row.
Step Three: Black out the rest of the words on the page with a thick black marker. Voila! You have a black out poem!
Activity 2: Book Spine Poetry
Arrange a stack of carefully selected books so the titles in the spine make a poem. Write the titles on a piece of paper or take a photo of your book spine poem.
Activity 3: Magnetic Poetry
Cut words from magazines, newspapers or discarded books. Place them carefully on an adhesive magnet sheet. Cut out the words attached to the magnet.
Step One: Cut out words from magazines and/or books.
Step Three: Cut the magnet sheet to fit your words.
Step Four: Try out your poetry by placing them on a whiteboard (or fridge). Create a few poems.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Store your magnetic words in a metal container. Decorate your poem container with an image of your choice. Glue the images to the top and go over them with Modge POdge.