• Use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, reflection, multiple plotlines, and pacing to develop experiences, events, and/or characters; use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, settings, and/or characters. (CC.1.4.9–10.O)

  • Create a smooth progression of experiences or events using a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. (CC.1.4.9–10.P)

Using this resource, you can try several different found writing techniques! Try cross-out poems, make a collage monologue, or write a story from numbers. This step-by-step tutorial guides you through each different practice of using found writing to craft original works.

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Age Group

Middle School, High School

About the creator

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Shannon Reed

Shannon Reed is the author of Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, and contributes frequently to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. A lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, Shannon is proud to be a teaching artist in the theatrical and literary arts.