Read Up with Lead Up

We celebrated National Poetry Month in style with a room full of poetry, old and new.

The evening started with a discussion about what students like about poetry and what they find challenging about it, before they dove in.


We tried our hand at writing poetry using some unconventional methods.

Found Poetry

“Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.” (poets.org)

  • Blackout Poetry: Starting with a regular book page, students searched for words and phrases to create a poem. They then blacked out the rest of the page in an equally creative way.

  • Periodical Poetry: Students created poems by cutting words out of magazines and newspapers, then pasting them together.

  • Spine Poetry: Browsing through a bunch of books, students chose 3 or 4 based on their titles and stacked them to create a striking poem.


  • List Poetry: Picking an emotion to use as a theme, students wrote a poem in the form of a list of things they associate with that emotion, fit with an unexpected twist at the end.

Visual Poetry


Based on a poem found in the room, students created a drawing, comic, collage, or concrete poem.


Students rolled cubes with words on them and used the words to create Haikus.

Group Poetry

Using letter tiles, each person formed a word and put it in the middle of the table. As a group, students turned the words into a poem (most of them goofy).

Sensory Poetry

Students walked around the building and found a piece of artwork that spoke to them to use as inspiration. Once they found some artwork that they liked, they were challenged to finish these lines:

I see…
I hear…
The scent…
The texture…
The taste…
I imagine…
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