Reflection: High Quality Task Wreck a Classic with Blackout Poetry: A Close Reading of Walton's Letters in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" - Section 4: Finding Words: Blacking Out a Letter (1-4)


As often happens in education, close-reading has devolved into a laborious task for students, one they to often see as hoop jumping. It needn't be that way. Creative close-reading happens with blackout poetry, and blackout poetry gives students a license to do things to books they've never been able to do. One student, a colleague's daughter, expressed shock when I invited her to write in her book. It took her a few minutes to put pencil to paper, so surprised was she that a teacher would instruct her to cross out a book's words. To create a blackout poem showing an understanding of the text requires close reading. It's another way to let the light of literature into the minds of students. 

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Wreck a Classic with Blackout Poetry: A Close Reading of Walton's Letters in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

Unit 12: What Makes a Monster?: "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus"
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT create a blackout poem for one of Walton's letters to his sister.

Big Idea: Composing blackout poetry necessitates close reading of a text.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, British literature, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Blackout Poetry, Creative Writing
  70 minutes
demonstrating blackout
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