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Students Find Poetry in The Pale King

Check out the guest post from Ryan Blanck (@RyanMBlanck) over at The Found Poetry Review, High School Students Find Poetry in David Foster Wallace's "The Pale King":

I came across the DFW / The Pale King tribute found poetry prompt on a Saturday morning not too long ago, and quickly threw out my regular lesson plans for the week and rewrote them to include this project. In my senior English classes we will be reading The Pale King later in the year, so I thought this could be an excellent introduction to the work. I chose a few statements from the text to serve as titles or thematic guidance for my students. Then I photocopied a number of passages from the book, and turned my students loose with very few creative restrictions.

I had no idea what Iíd end up with. Iíve seen these things go horribly wrong, and being in a brand new school with students I still donít know too well, I feared this was a recipe for disaster.

Now, there have been very few instances in my teaching career when I have been truly impressed with studentsí work. This project turned into one of those instances. †These students infused Wallaceís words with perception and creativity that gave them new life.

High School Students Find Poetry in David Foster Wallace's "The Pale King"



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