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Writing An Acrostic

Invite learners to introduce themselves through poetry. After brainstorming and choosing details, pupils draft two acrostic poems using their names as the base. They then evaluate and revise their poems.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use this at the beginning of the year as a getting-to-know-you activity
  • Have individuals perfect their poems, type them up, illustrate them, and post them around the room
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource lists a few sample acrostic poems you may wish to use with your class, but doesn't include them; either look these up and provide copies, find your own examples, or write a few samples
Pros

  • Includes graphic organizers and worksheets for the brainstorming and drafting processes
  • Clearly outlines a step-by-step process for writing these poems
Cons

  • Since samples are not provided, the lesson does not actually show what an acrostic poem looks like
Included Materials

  • Graphic Organizer