How to Create Book Spine Poetry

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Can you create a poem without writing a word! With found poetry, you can! Practice one version of found poetry with a lesson on book spine poems. Learners create poems by stacking books and reading the lines created by their spine titles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners take pictures of their book spine poems and then copy the titles onto another piece of paper for a final draft
  • Challenge class members to complete the poems at their homes, at a public library, or on their own time at the school library
Classroom Considerations
  • The concept may be too sophisticated for younger or struggling readers, and may require additional explanation and examples
  • Offers learners the chance to email their pictures
  • Includes helpful pictures of examples and links to teacher blogs that feature book spine poems
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