I have written several times about Found Poetry. It is a talk for writing activity that allows children to magpie words and phrases from great writers and roll the language over their tongues so that its’ patterns become internalised. It also allows children to combine words in different ways. This is a high value activity.
Whilst I often talk about this in relation to fiction, people sometimes find it harder to believe when I tell them that it also works with non-fiction. So here are 3 found poems created by one school’s staff using the wikipedia page about plastic carrier bags.
Mr McBride’s Dixie bag
Mr McBride’s Dixie Bag
Pioneer in plastic processing, patent applications
Consuming oil resources with a blend of plant-derived thermoplastics
A packaging war errupted.
Here’s one being read.
Pioneer in plastic polyethylene processing
His idea produced
Thermoplastic, petrochemical commericalisation,
Composite construction with handles!
Common for carrying as we know it today.
A hazard to animal life
Excess usage, excess usage, excess usage
Bin bags, trash bags, Dixie bags
The skills involved in creating this poetry were numerous: reading and rereading, scanning, identifying words and phrases that you liked the sound of, listening to hear if combinations sound right, applying poetic devices, organising and sequencing, rolling the language over your tongue, collaborating, sharing ideas. The list is long.
Have you tried found poetry?