Newspaper + Marker = Poetry

I recently heard about Newspaper Blackout Poetry, and thought we should give it a spin in Creative Writing class.

Here’s two videos to give somebackground:


A sample of Austin Kleon’s Blackout Poetry:

Creative Writing 101- By Austin Kleon
Some links to explore:
So here we go!
  • You are going to create a trio of Newspaper Blackout Poetry.
  • All poems in the trio must relate to one another through a common theme.
  • Each poem must have a title.
  • Your poems are going to be displayed in three ways: On the walls in the hallway, on your blog, and submitted to Austin Kleon’s blog.
Ready, set, blackout!

Reading Assignment #5

For this week’s reading asssignment I would like you to share two text connections you found while reading during last week’s reading class. Use the comments section down below to share two text connections that you found. This week we are not using “Twitter” format, and as such you should be explaining your connections in a paragraph length response.

Once you have posted your 2 text connections, you can spend the remainder of class time working on your “Six Word Memoirs” which are due tomorrow!

Publishing Your Six Word Memoirs!

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It seems we are coming to the end of our work with “6 Word Memoirs”, and that means that we need to finish polishing and editing, and publish them for the world to see! Exciting right? Ok, here’s what you need to know:

You must have a minimum 6 of your “Six Word Memoirs” for publishing. You will be posting them to three different spots

(1) Class Flickr:

E-mail each of your finished 6 “Six Word Memoirs” to the class Flickr account:

(2) Instagram:

Post all of the “Six Word Memoirs” to your Instagram account with #todayinroom2b1 and #sixwordmemoirs

(3) Your blog:

– Each of these 6 “Six Word Memoirs” must be posted on your blog, each as a separate entry with an author’s note,  blog by the end of class on Tuesday, March 17th.

– A “published” photo MUST HAVE a photography credit either on the picture or as a caption underneath the photo. You’ve take the photo yourself, you must have a photo credit.

– Each  “Six Word Memoir” posted on your blog must have a Writer’s Note attached to it. The Writer’s Note is your opportunity to explain your process for writing the six words, as wells as how you selected the photo and how it connects to the six words. Each writer’s note must be 100 words in length.

Things to write about in your Writer’s Note:

(a) How does the image and the words fit together?
(b) What editing techniques did you performed on the photo? Why?
(c) How did you use punctuation to clarify your message?
(d) Discuss your font: color, style, placement. How was it appropriate for the text and image?

See postings below for examples and inspiration:!/2012/02/six-word-memoir-1.html

Blog “To Do” List

Use today’s class to ensure that you are caught up on your blogging. The following items should be posted by now:

  • Intro Post
  • Digital Footprint (photo and paragraph)
  • Quickwrite #1- DIY Role Model
  • Quickwrite #2- Your Choice
  • Reading Response #1- Reading Tweets (posted only in Comment of Cre8tive Havoc)
  • Reading Response #2- Regular Reading Response (share link on CH)
  • Reading Response #3- #readtosomeone (share link on CH)
  • Reading Response #4- Reading Doodle (share link on CH)
  • Personal Additions (x8 as of this week)

Have a late assignment you want me to take a look at?  Post the link in the comments section of this post, and I’ll take a look at is ASAP.

Six Word Memoirs: Photo Editing

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Select your best six  “6 Word Memoirs” and create visuals (photos, drawings/doodles, collages) to accompany them.
All visuals accompanying your Six Word Memoirs must by originals, created by you (can include friends and family). NO YOU CANNOT JUST GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH!!! In addition, each photo must have a photo credit tag on it.  The photo credit serves to acknowledge the person who took the photo.  In most cases that will be you.  Feel free to use first initial and last name (T. McLauchlan) or an online identify such as a Twitter/Instagram handle (@msmclauchlan) or blog address (
To combine your visuals with your six words (and photo credits), try using the following apps:
– Studio
– Quipio

or the following websites: (not iOS friendly) (Yes! iOS friendly)

Reading Assignment #4- Reading Doodle

For this week’s reading assignment, post a photo and explanation of the reading doodle you created in class on Friday.  In your written explanation, discuss the following topics:

– How did the doodling go? Did you find it easy, hard? Why?

– Discuss the three most important parts of your doodle.  Why do you consider them to be important?

-How did doodling affect your reading process and your understanding of what you have read?


Share the link to your post in the comments section below.