Cut-up poem

incl. materials
45 min.


The learner can write a poem/short text.


  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Paper, scissors and glue


Cut out words and phrases from magazines and newspapers and compose a poem/short text.
You will find numerous examples googling ‘cut-up poem’.


  • Show and explain if necessary your cut-up poem.
  • Explain the process.
  • Give the learners time to compose their cut-up poem.
  • Walk around and coach.
  • The learners recite their poems to each other.
  • Hang the poems on the wall.

Tips for the instructor

For beginners it might be easier to have some words or headings already cut out.
Put rhyming words together.