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7th Grade Poetry Workshop

In their January Poetry Workshop, 7th Graders have explored the medium in a variety of ways: reading poems by writers across different cultures and time periods; learning to analyze poems; writing their own poems; performing poems from memory; and learning how to write and talk about poetry by gaining new vocabulary. In addition to writing haikus, retelling poems, and poetic responses to this year’s Inauguration Poem, students also used newspapers to create Blackout poems, in which they redacted portions of a written text and left only certain words and phrases remaining.

The hands-on activity of “writing” Blackout poems not only gave 7th Graders an opportunity to reimagine the limits of poetry, but also provided them with a new tool for combating writer’s block, as this exercise uses easily accessible materials to inspire a more creative way of thinking and relieves the pressure of the blank page.