Spine Poetry in the Classroom

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fun and pain free ways to incorporate poetry into my intervention classes. I’ve realized that Spine Poetry is a great activity for students to try their hand at making a found poem. Using someone else’s words is much less threatening than staring at a blank piece of paper and trying to fill it with your own thoughts and *gasp* feelings.

After trying out Blackout Poetry the previous week, I thought doing Spine Poetry on a Monday would be a great way to get students out of their seats and thinking critically about what they wanted their poems to say. It was an extra bonus when students discovered new books in the classroom library and checked them out, too!

Not sure what Spine Poetry is?

Step 1. Choose book spines that you want to use for your poem.

Step 2. Arrange the spines into a somewhat logical order.

Step 3. Share your poem

If you’re students need to see examples ahead of time to get some ideas, do a quick Google Image Search and voila! TONS of Spine Poetry examples.

Here are some examples from my students. I condensed them into collages, but you will get the idea. Some students work with partners while others chose to work on their own. I think the poems turned out great for their first attempt at something new.

Click on each picture to see the individual poems.

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge #1: Spine Poetry

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Mini Challenge #1: Spine Poetry

I am so excited that this is our first challenge because I love Spine Poetry! It is a favorite activity during April with my students and we have a lot of fun with it. In hindsight, I probably should have better prepared because these are the only books I have right now in my house.  Seriously, all of my other books are at school or in storage. Since I do only have six, I felt I couldn’t leave any of them out either…

Anyway, without further ado, here is my sad little quirky & nonsensical spine poem.

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Books used: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Doll Bones by Holly Black, Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, More Than This by Patrick Ness, and Evertrue by Brodi Ashton.