We’ve written about blackout art before, but if you’re new to this activity, here’s how it works: All you need is a newspaper article (or any form of print media) and a Sharpie. The idea is to blackout all of the words you don’t need and use the remaining words to create a short poem or sentence. This is an excellent activity for National Poetry Month.
If you’d like to give blackout art a shot, but prefer using digital media, The New York Times just released a new blackout art web application!
Simply select the article, hover over and click the words you’d like to keep. The application will then black-out the rest of the page.
If you’re interested in a few more creative writing strategies, check out three of our blogs:
- Storybird uses digital storytelling to engage reluctant writers
- Teaching Flash Fiction: A Novel in Six Words
- Helping Students Defeat Writer's Block: 2 Writing Strategies