Sunday, September 6, 2015

Technology-Based Poetry Activities for Poetry Centers and Poetry Stations


Digital Blackout Poem 

I just finished up a new lesson, and I'm so pumped about it! I've never been one to really get into poetry, so I wanted to design something that would help me and my students to have fun with comprehending and dissecting poetry. After months and months of trying out new apps and strategies, I've finally nailed down six technology-based activities that can be used as a close reading of the same poem, or as study six different poems with the same theme or author. As a bonus, the directions are written in a technical format with pictures and videos so as to promote workforce reading as well as save teacher voices. :)

Here is the 1st activity for all of my readers to try out! I hope that you and your students love it! 

How to create a digital blackout poem that helps struggling readers focus on the MOST important words in the poem to find the main idea/theme of the poem in a fun and artful way:

UPDATE: You can also create these digital blackout poems in Google Slides or PowerPoint. Find the directions here:
Or here: Google Slides Blackout Poem / PowerPoint Blackout Poem 


YouTube Video Link: How to create a  Digital Blackout Poem using You Doodle 
Want to take a peek at the other 5 activities in this lesson!? Download the preview here: 



Each activity has a corresponding technology-free option  in case devices aren't available. For example, in the activity above, the technology-free options is to put a copy of the poem in a sheet protector and black it out with a black dry erase marker. Or, students can simply draw directly on a photocopy of the poem. 

The activities are common-core-based and include: 
1.Closely read by creating a digital or print blackout poem using You Doodle, Paint, or a printed copy of a poem. 

2.Learn to summarize tone and pick out turns in poetry by using emojis on student phones or emoji cut-outs on a phone graphic. 

3.Work on denotation and connotation using the Word Transformation app for Ipad (can be done with only one classroom Ipad if using centers) or a tactile learning technique.

4.Learn to express mood through photos and illustrations using the Lark app by Storybird or a printed art lecture and drawing frame. 

5.Decipher standardized test questions and write ones to mimic your state's test style using standardized test examples. 

6.Learn to properly embed quotes via Twitter concepts

Here are some more examples that I did (because once you start it's hard to stop! ha) :




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