Blackout Poetry

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

Star Girl.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
The Great Gatsby.
Romeo & Juliet.

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