Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Reading Acrostics - Poetry of Letters - Section 5: Students Take a Turn


This text is definitely on the upper end of 2nd grade because of the vocabulary level. I did encourage my kids to pick poems that they were comfortable reading, but there were students who needed help with words. This a great opportunity to stop and ask them to use the pictures and context clues to decipher meanings when you are discussing difficult vocabulary.

There was also punctuation placed into the acrostics that encouraged natural pauses. Several of my kids did not pay attention to that. This was a great opportunity to pointing out punctuation and discuss with them how that affects the rhythm and pausing in the story.


It's great to read more complex text with rich vocabulary with the kids, as long as you are there to guide them to use context to define vocabulary. These poems were great to use because the text was limited, so the kids dealt with the difficult wording, but it was limited in scope. The Common Core Standards encourage us to provide kids with opportunities to read and comprehend literatures, including poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity. (RL.2.10)

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Reading Acrostics - Poetry of Letters

Unit 14: Poetry-Rhythm, Rhyme, Repeated Words-Let's Look at Different Kinds of Poetry
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT describe how words and phrases supply meaning in poetry; SWBAT create audio recordings to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Big Idea: Read the poem and show your feelings!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, rhythm in speech, Poetry, 2nd Grade, intonation, voice, ipad, acrostic poetry, pausing
  55 minutes
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