Thursday, March 28, 2013

Found Poetry with Recycled Books

I have been weeding my fiction collection recently, and I have been looking for ways to use the books that need to be discarded.  Many of them have been loved for many years, but they are now beyond repair.  I found a poetry idea on Pinterest that I was waiting for the perfect time to use, and today was the day!  I have a related arts teacher who brings her students to the library once a month for a literacy lesson, and today we created Found Poems using old book pages.  The students read the book page they selected and determined if they could fit some of the words on the page into a theme or topic.  Once they selected the topic, they began to circle the words that fit.  After the words were circled, the students created a design to cover up the rest of the words on the page.  The students chose many different themes, including: sports, war, Hollywood, lies, nouns, verbs and alliteration.  This will probably make a lot more sense if you just look at the pictures.  These were some of my favorites...see if you can guess their themes. 


  1. Love it! I hate trash good books but there are those that need to be weeded. What a perfect way to recycle the old great reads.

  2. It's very interesting to see this here, since I have been tossing this idea around in my head for a while now, and just haven't been in the right circumstances to implement it. I think I would leave the pages in the books, however, so we would be left with community-written bound poetry books. I got the idea originally from Tom Phillips's illustrated translation of Dante's Inferno, which is well worth looking up.

  3. This is fantastic! I can't wait to try it with my 4th graders!

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