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poetry lesson plan: found poems

Objective: Students will be introduced to the idea of found poetry-- poetry that they find, isolate, and elevate.

--We start by talking about the idea of art in everyday lives-- how easy it is, if you are looking, to find instances of art in the world
--Bridges, newspaper articles, a beautiful sign
--Then we talk about ideas of ownership-- how the act of isolating and elevating a piece of art can be the act of ownership
--Then we use pieces of text from the classroom-- journals, textbooks, posters, whatever-- to create a new Found Poem on the board
--A somewhat manic and random exercise
--We write the poem on the board as we go along

As usual, we copyright the poem at the end and talk about the fact that we made a new piece of art from stuff that already existed

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