Blocked Out Poetry (inspired by poet Alicia Cook’s Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back)
Online, blended, or in-person participants. Helps reduce stress and tension due to a low-entry creative activity. The text is already written and asks the participant to invent a new poem/passage/lyrics from that content.
Depending on size, 15 - 20 minutes.
- Give a disclaimer: What you make matters. There is no right or wrong way to be creative.
- Give students a poem or passage.
- Show them an example.
- Let them know, that you can blackout or cross out as much or as little of what they want.
- Participants getting started has 3 parts:
- Give adequate time to first read the passage one time through.
- Recommend participants first underline areas before crossing or blacking out text.
- Give the most time to blocking out text.
- Reconvey the group for a debrief/read-aloud. Tip: consider snapping your fingers after each reading.
- Online students Google Docs with pre-populated text passages. Ask them to make a copy and use the highlight feature to blackout text.
- Make it collaborative and pair up students.
- Consider specific or related content from your course.
- Give students a choice of passages or assign one poem/lyrics/passage.
- Ask participants to re-create a new meaning.