Most of the students in our school have been exposed to acrostic poetry at one point in their education or another. Many of the teachers use acrostic poetry at the beginning of the year as a getting to know the students activity. Students will spell their name out vertically on a sheet of paper and then use words that describe themselves to fill in the lines horizontally. I am hoping, however to break them free of the name acrostic poem and expand their poetic capabilities.
We will look through some examples of acrostic poems on the following website:
Today we will work on the acrostic poem section of their Pocket Poetry Guides. We will read through the description page on acrostic poems and also the steps on creating acrostic poems. We will then work together as a class to create an acrostic poem together. This will help them understand the steps to creating an acrostic poem so that they can create one on their own.
After we have created our class poem, I will then give students time to create their own acrostic poem. As the students are working I will walk around helping those who need help coming up with ideas or need help in general. Those who finish quickly I will challenge to write another acrostic poem.
During writing time, I always have the kids keep what we call a level 0 voice. Level 0 means that there is no voice at all. It is quiet work time. I feel strongly that when students are asked to write, the environment needs to be one where they can think and not be distracted. Most of the time I encourage collaboration in my classroom, so a level 0 voice is not expected all the time, but it is during writing.
To wrap up our lesson, I will allow students who would like to share their poems to do just that. We have a castle theme in my classroom this year, so when I have the students share their writing they share from our royal reader thrown. It gets kids excited about sharing their work.