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  • 1. Found Poetry (the literary equivalent to a collage) Jennifer L. Anders – LIST4343 Found poetry can be done numerous ways, but the most common method is what you see in the image on the left. Students read through the passage and pick out (circle, underline, box, etc.) the key words or phrases. The student rereads the passage and begins marking out words that do not have great meaning/significance.
  • 2. Once the student has marked out insignificant words, then the student looks over the circled/important words and decide what the theme/feeling should be for the poem. The student should continue narrowing the word choice until a poem is created. Another option is to cut the words out and glue them to another sheet of paper. This might be helpful for students who may change their mind and would stress over marking out words.
  • 3. Examples of Found Poetry
  • 4. How Word Choice Can Affect Meaning and Imagery The following text excerpt was given to four different students, on the following slides, you can see how the different choice in words affects the imagery and meaning of the found poem. It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea. A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another busy day beginning. But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered his webbed feet, lifted his beak, and strained to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings. The curve meant that he would fly, slowly, and now he slowed until the wind was a whisper in his face, until the ocean stood still beneath him. He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration, held his breath, forced one... single... more... inch...of... curve... Then his feathers ruffled, he stalled and fell. Seagulls, as you know, never falter, never stall. To stall in the air is for them disgrace and it is dishonor. But Jonathan Livingston Seagull, unashamed, stretching his wings again in that trembling hard curve - slowing, slowing, and stalling once more - was no ordinary bird.
  • 5. Purpose • • • The purpose of this strategy can be to find the main points/key words or ideas of a particular section of text. It can be used in all subject areas, but is most commonly seen in literary and art contexts. It could easily be used as a pre-reading assignment in a science lesson to introduce a new topic. This would allow the students to become familiar with new terminology while learning the material. It could also be used as an assessment at the end of a lesson to determine student understanding of the concept/information that was taught.
  • 6. Technology Technology can be easily implemented by allowing the student to use websites such as to create a design based on the key words that the student chose from the passage. • Words with greater importance should be entered multiple times in order to have a larger font size for that particular word. • For example, the smallest words were typed once into the text box. The next larger size words were typed twice each, and so on so that the largest word “students” was likely typed 6 to 8 times to achieve the size difference.
  • 7. Technology Continued You can create your own online found poem. Choose from famous works, a word bank, or your own words! Another great technology resource allows students to create found poems online! You can find it here: http://www.readwritethin resources/student interactives/word mover b 30964.html
  • 8. Bibliography resources/lesson plans/found poems parallel poems 33.html?tab=1#tabs poetry in altered books/meg_leaving town poem/ poetry/ Poetry.pdf http://www.creative writing poetry.html is found poetry/ marie/modules/foundpoems/foundpoems.html poetry.html und poetry december 10 2013/ http://www.homeschooling poetry.html resources/student interactives/word mover b 30964.html