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Rachel West

Practice: Characterization through Blackout Poetry

Grades: 10th Grade, 9th Grade
Subjects: English Language Arts, Multilingual Learners

Student Instructions

Today we will make a blackout poem. Blackout poems come from what you do to create the poem: you "black out" (cross out) any words on the page of text that you do not want in your finished product. Why are we doing this? 1. Because it's fun ๐ŸŽˆ and creative. 2. Because we can use it to show our understanding ๐Ÿง  of a character in a story ๐Ÿ“š. How will we do this? 1. Pick a character from The Odyssey. 2. Take a screenshot of a page in The Odyssey that you feel has interesting words and actions around the character you selected, and helps show their development, interactions, or traits. 3. Use any tools in the drawing function to create a poem that a) shows off what kind of character they are, and b) is lyrical, interesting, creative, and fun to make! 4. Watch the video I've made about how to complete this to get a better idea.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

En Route to CCSS RL 9/10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters and advance the plot or develop the theme.