Just recently I did a post about National Poetry Month and all the different ways we are celebrating in the library. One of those ways is through Blackout Poetry, which is not a new idea by any means. I've seen it all over Pinterest and Twitter. However, I always like to take ideas I see and make them my own. Trying not to do just what everyone else is doing. So here's our version of how we did Blackout Poetry.
First and foremost, there was the set-up. We had a couple of dead weeks in the beginning of April, so I invited the English classes over to the library in order to partake in Blackout Poetry. I was overwhelmed by the responses! We have block days on Wednesday and Thursday on our campus, so it was a perfect break in a block day!
Next, we hung up the finished works. . . .all over the library. Again, at The Dollar Store I bought clothespins and put string all over the library! My goal was to absolutely fill the library with poetry during this month. Only a few days in to bringing in classes, and we already have a ton of poetry posted. I might run out of space!
What I love more than anything is how brave these teachers are in asking their students to share their works in front of the class. Even the "regular" English classes always have at least one volunteer that will share. And they've created some amazing stuff.
I make sure to post on our Facebook page and our Instagram account every day the best Blackout Poem of the day that I've found. By inviting the classes in as well, it gives them the opportunity to see our Book Spine Poetry and our Poem-a-Day. Teachers are awesome about encouraging their classes to participate in those events while they are here. Our teachers are awesome!
Overall, this has been a great event for everyone! Students overall seem to be enjoying it, teachers absolutely love it, and we're getting some awesome foot traffic into the library during a time we are usually dead.
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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