This is one of my favorite activities! It forces students to cite the text in support of an overall idea.
Concrete Found Poems
Standards Met: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1; R.2; R.3
What You Need: Fiction, dramatic, or nonfiction texts; Concrete Found Poem reproducible; drawing or construction paper; pens, markers, and crayons
What to Do: One novel way to go deeper into a prose text is through poetry. By combining two poetic forms—the concrete, or shaped, poem and the “found” poem, which is composed solely of words from another text—you can push students’ thinking and analysis to a higher level.
Students will first decide what type of concrete found poem they’d like to create: character, setting, conflict, or theme. Then, using words, phrases, or sentences from their chosen text, they will shape these words into a visual representation on paper. For example, if they’ve chosen to do character, they can use the narrator’s or character’s own words to create a poem, but the exact words must appear in the text. (Students should make list on a separate page of the quotations and page numbers where they’ve found their phrases.) The image they create might be in the shape of the character’s face or a symbol related to the character. Your grading rubric might include the following criteria: aptness of quotations from text, inclusion of citations for quotes, suitability of image for topic, creativity, and accuracy with quotes/effort.