October 26, 2015
by Mary Harrison

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Acrostic Research and Craft

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Students will learn how to make acrostic poems and why research benefits them.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students if they know what it means to research a topic.
  • Define research as an investigation into one topic to gain a better understanding and reach new conclusions.
  • Ask students what an acrostic poem is. Define an acrostic poem as a poem where the first letter of each line, when read vertically, spells out a word or phrase.
(20 minutes)
  • Practice a few examples on the board using short and simple words.
  • Next, have students write their own acrostic poem using their name.
  • Check their poems for correct structure and grammatical correctness.
  • As a class, go around and have students share their poems and what it describes about them.
  • Tell students that they are now going to do an acrostic poem on a topic.
  • Tell students that first they will read about the topic and then write the poem.
(30 minutes)
  • Give students books on their reading level about the topic of choice.
  • Have them read, either individually or in small groups or pairs, the books.
  • Tell them that while they are reading they are to look out for ways to describe the topic using its name.
  • When they finish, give them half a sheet of notebook paper and have them write their rough draft acrostic poem on their topic.
  • Edit their responses for correct spelling and adherence to the concept of the acrostic poem.
(30 minutes)
  • Give students the other half sheet of notebook paper to write and decorate the final draft of their acrostic poem.
  • Next, give each student a toilet paper roll to make a 3D version of their topic.
  • Then, give them two index cards to create a base and back drop for their topic's habitat.
  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to write full sentences on their acrostic poem rather than single words for each letter.
  • Support: Work with struggling students one on one by helping them reword their information to fit in the poem.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students present their poems to their classmates and show their craft.
(10 minutes)
  • Display the projects on student desks or by hanging them from the wall.

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