Name of Assignment/Activity

Erasure Poetry Assignment

Type of Assignment

Assignment

Course Type

Literature Courses

Specific Courses used In

Intro to Lit

Date

Fall 2017

Abstract

In this exercise, students working with erasure/blackout poetry were encouraged to create a piece of erasure poetry on their own, using an existing, culturally enshrined, source text. The objectives are twofold: for them to express themselves creatively and feel, as they "write in resistance to a text," that their attitudes in response to a (canonical) text do not have to be reverential, but may in fact be productively subversive; in so doing, the students also, by integrating graphics and audio from a basic Word document, (in most cases) learn with my how help how to make a simple software tool like Microsoft Word much richer, robust, and sophisticated.

Keywords

Affect, Annotation, Authorship, Collaboration, Makerspaces, Play, Poetry, Remix, Social Justice

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