Hidden poetry is a classic writing lab that is engaging for many different ages. I recently tried this myself and with my young writers' group.
With any page of text (from an old book, a magazine, newspaper) simply circle words that make a poem (or sentence or idea).
When you like what you have, cross out the remaining words.
You have found a secret or hidden poem.
This would be fun to do as a party game or after dinner one night with your kids. Encourage them to write the funniest or most melodramatic phrase they can.
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