This project was designed by a very creative English teacher at my school. We've taught together at two different schools! You know when you meet that teacher that you collaborate so naturally with? Well, that's her! We have done many English + Art lesson collaborations over the years.
See our found poetry based on the novel "The Book Thief" HERE.
See our blackout poetry lesson HERE.
For this visual poetry lesson, teachers were asked to email us a scan of a favourite page/passage from their favourite book. As you can imagine, we received a wide variety of texts, from fiction to non-fiction.
We printed all of these out and the English teacher wrote a basic synopsis for each book. Grade 7-9 students were then given this list and chose which book they were going to illustrate. They did not know which teacher had submitted the page, nor the name of the book.
Students had the choice of creating either a Found Poem or a Blackout Poem. They also had to include their own title of their poem. They could use any media they wanted.
Found poems essentially take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. They are the literary equivalent of a collage. One can take words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframe them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.
A blackout poem is when a poet takes a marker (usually a black marker) to already established text--like in a newspaper or book page--and starts redacting words until a poem is formed. The key thing with a blackout poem is that the text AND blocked out text form a sort of visual poem.
Below is the page I submitted- "The English Patient" is a 1992 novel by Canadian Michael Ondaatje.
It is a stunning, poetic and challenging book to read and the movie is also one of my all time favourites!
A synopsis for this book would read something like this:
With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening.
This is the found poem that a student created based on this page. She printed out phrases she liked, then created an artwork around it (sharpies and watercolour).
Some other finished poems; the book is labelled under each photo.
Some of them I forgot unfortunately as this project is from 2 years ago.
Below is the display I created. I added the book title along with the names of the student artist and teacher.
|The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by American physicist Richard Feynman. It is a collection of short works, including interviews, speeches, lectures, and printed articles. |
The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the perspective of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America.
Here are some of the blackout poems:
|Flatterland is a 2001 book written by British mathematician and science popularizer Ian Stewart about non-Euclidean geometry.|
|The Guns of August (1962) is a volume of history by American Barbara W. Tuchman. It is centered on the first month of World War I. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for publication year 1963.|