Found Poetry with Recycled Magazines

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Reuse your old magazines and create found poetry from the words and phrases you discover on their pages. Found poetry takes kids on a treasure hunt for wonderful words and phrases. Then, they will use those words and phrases to find a poem; to write a “found” poem by collaging together something in a new, poetic way.

Found Poetry

1. Get old magazines out of your recycling bin. You can also use newspapers, old books, junk mail, grocery lists, or anything with printed text. 

Found Poetry Writing: A Treasure Hunt for Words & Phrases to Make a Poem

2. Cut out juicy, favorite words and phrases with the intention to use them later in a poem. Cutting is so good for younger children who are still practicing fine motor skills.

Found Poetry Writing

3. Play with words and phrases. Try different arrangements. When you find an arrangement you like, read it out loud. If you like it, you’ve found a poem!

Found Poetry

5. YOUNGER CHILDREN: Do a color sort of the words if your child is not yet a reader. We used the back of a cereal box to sort our words into blue and red colored texts.

Found Poetry

You’ll have so much creative fun as you explore found poetry!

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“All writing is in fact, cut-ups. A collage of words read heard overhead. What else?”
— William Burroughs

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    Hi! I’m Melissa Taylor, mom, writer, & former elementary teacher & literacy trainer. I love sharing good books & fun learning resources.

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