Method One – Cut and Paste
Check with the school media specialist for out-of-date issues, or ask students to bring in some from home. Although you should screen them for inappropriate content, their topic doesn't matter, as students are looking for words, not pictures for a thematic collage or other visual assignment.
Scissors to cut out words
Plain sheets of paper for assembling the poems
Glue or tape to affix words to the paper
If you use glue, a glue stick or rubber cement is best for small pieces of paper.
Faced with an assortment of magazines, students should find words that catch their attention, cut them out, and use them to assemble a poem. Their "writing" should have a focus and work towards creating a specific image or impression. However, within this framework, encourage students to really play with the words.
When creating found poetry, students should think about not only the words, but also their relative size. A large word from an advertisement can have more impact than a small word cut from an article. The placement of the cutouts on the page is also an important way to add meaning to a poem. Words running together will create a different feeling than one isolated word.
Allow students the opportunity to share their creations with the class. Display completed poems around the classroom.