One of the creative writing prompts I remember completing in ninth grade was blackout poetry. You take a page from a book and use the words on the page to help form a poem. All the words not used are colored over by a marker. Any of the words can be used in any way.
Many years later, I am still enthused by this tactic of creating poetry and decided to try this form again. Since the page I had used back in ninth grade was from Jerry Spinelli’s Star Girl, I decided to use that story again, as well as select some others.
The list is as follows:
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare