A found poem is a poem which is made from
choosing different words and phrases that
catch your eye from a newspaper, magazine
Choosing words and phrases that you find
powerful moving or interesting. Especially
ones that reflect your feelings
Go back over your list and cut out words that
are dull and unnecessary or that do not seem
A found poem does not have to rhyme
You are going to be creating a “found poem”
by looking through magazines and
newspapers for words and phrases that are
powerful, moving and interesting and will
work in your poem.
Remember to include in your poem the
nouns, verbs, and adjectives as well as words
like “the, and, an, a” etc.
The poem must be at least 10 lines long and
each line must contain at least 4 words and
pertain to only one topic.
You must be able to identify at least one
figurative language piece in your poem
Have a valid reason how it works
Explain why it is effective in your poem
Look it over form
Idea for your topic
Glue, scissors, background paper
“Found Poem” assignment contract
Bec. December 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2010
Emily. June 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2010 from:
Klenon, Austin. “Newspaper Blackout Poems in the
Classroom.” December 2008. Retrieved on October
20, 2010 from:
Paterson, Joanna. July 2010. Retrieved on October
20, 2010 from
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