Found Poems

I saw a GREAT pin on Pinterest last week from an English teacher who did “found poems” with his classes.  They were beautiful!  And it made me think that they would be a great way to recycle our songs!!! 

The idea of a found poem is that you take an existing print source (article, story, song, poem) and select words that make a new poem! 


This one is one of my favorites!  The song Todo Cambió by Camila talks about changing from black and white to color… So she drew the change in the eyes and flower!  

One thing I would do differently is proof the lyrics better before printing them.  I pulled them of in a hurry and there were some spelling errors… Not a huge deal but something to consider!  

Peligro by Reik makes a great poem, but honestly they were all pretty creative!  Here are some more examples






Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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  1. Of COURSE! LYRICS! Why didn’t I think of that? I loved found poems teaching English! Maybe I can add some app smashing to make this work with coro interpretation/presentation…

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