Found Poetry - A Language Arts Lesson

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 2 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 ISTE NETS, Common Core
Subject Area:
 Literature, History, Contemporary World Issues, English Language Arts, Holocaust Literature, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Language and Composition, Media & Digital Literacy, Social Studies

Poetry crafts language to convey and stir emotions. Found poetry involves actively listening for poetry in existing work, recognizing language that conveys and evokes feelings, distilling it to the most poetic parts, then formatting it as a poem.

In "Survivor Testimony and Found Poetry," Payor wrote: "Using survivor testimony to create found poems invites students to extend the analysis and meaning making of testimony while also challenging them to consider how tending to the particularities of crafting a poem can result in a piece that will help them bear witness to the Atrocity" ( ).

**This is a language arts activity, NOT intended for use as an introductory activity for learners who have not previously studied the Holocaust.** It should be assigned to learners with sufficient context. For more tools for providing context, see our Resource page: .

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