There have been many articles, newspaper reports, books, songs and stories written about important events in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history.
In this activity, students may choose to use the examples provided as a starting point for a piece of Erasure poetry, or source another suitable text.
Erasure is a form of poetry/art created by erasing or blacking out and therefore highlighting words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. The key thing with an erasure poem is that the text AND redacted text form a visual poem.
See some great examples here.
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The aim of this activity is to:
Students can think of an Erasure Poem as a text that is a combination of visual and written text.
Step 1: Select a page of text
Students may choose to use one of the text block samples provided here.
Teachers may also like to choose other examples or provide students with photocopies of relevant newspaper articles or students may wish to find their own. Remember to use as your base, texts written by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and events.
Step 2: Scan and select
Students will scan the page and begin to select the words that appeal to them and start to form ideas about the shape and theme of their poem. Use a pencil to lightly circle words initially and to outline the path of the poem.
Step 3: Shade and shape
Students should choose their preferred colours and using markers/textas define the final poem by colouring the unused words. Encourage students to be creative and make an artwork out of the final Erasure poem.
Step 4: Share, read and display
Ask students to share their poems by taking turns to read aloud or swap with others in the classroom. Create a wall display of all the Erasure Poems.