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By Sean Ziebarth
English Department
Mountain Valley High School
Mountain Valley, CA
What are Novel
           Blackout Poems?

• Poems,sentences,
  or phrases
  created from the
  words of an
  existing novel.
• Inspired by
  Austin Kleon’s
  Newspaper
  Blackout Poems.
How to Create a Novel
                   Blackout Poem

• Underline
  (in pencil)
  words you
  think you
  might like
  to use in
  your
  poem.
More How To


• Circle the
  words you
  know you
  want to
  use in the
  poem.
The Easy Part

• Black
  out
  every-
  thing
  else.
The Fun Part + Tips

• Be creative.
• Scribble, draw.
• Can’t find the exact
  word you need? Use
  letters from several
  words to create the
  word you need!
• Try to go back and
  forth between the
  pages.
More Examples
Close up
Famous & cool
  People like
  Green Day
  Make em
   (sort of)


                Smart People get
                Paid to make them.
                Like Austin.
Your Turn
Catcher in the Rye
Create a Novel
Blackout Poem
that represents
Holden’s world-
view.

         In other words, boil down
         what Holden thinks about
         life into a sentence or two.
Fahrenheit 451
Pretend you’re Montag and
                             Thirty
you’re just about to be
                             million
captured by the police.

                             people
                             could be
What could you say
                             watching!
that would sear all
their faces and…


    WAKE THEM UP !?!

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Novel Blackout Poems

  • 1. By Sean Ziebarth English Department Mountain Valley High School Mountain Valley, CA
  • 2. What are Novel Blackout Poems? • Poems,sentences, or phrases created from the words of an existing novel. • Inspired by Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout Poems.
  • 3. How to Create a Novel Blackout Poem • Underline (in pencil) words you think you might like to use in your poem.
  • 4. More How To • Circle the words you know you want to use in the poem.
  • 5. The Easy Part • Black out every- thing else.
  • 6. The Fun Part + Tips • Be creative. • Scribble, draw. • Can’t find the exact word you need? Use letters from several words to create the word you need! • Try to go back and forth between the pages.
  • 9. Famous & cool People like Green Day Make em (sort of) Smart People get Paid to make them. Like Austin.
  • 11. Catcher in the Rye Create a Novel Blackout Poem that represents Holden’s world- view. In other words, boil down what Holden thinks about life into a sentence or two.
  • 12. Fahrenheit 451 Pretend you’re Montag and Thirty you’re just about to be million captured by the police. people could be What could you say watching! that would sear all their faces and… WAKE THEM UP !?!