Turkey is good to eat!
by Alex, Emily, Eric, Jenny, Tim
School starts, it is fun!!!!
by Alaiya, Kyle, Matt, Sadie
Soccer is fun for me, is it for you?
by Catherine, Devin, Erika, Margaret, Tyler
Halloween holidays are fun.
by Anthony, Chase, Dan, Hilary
Cool colors of the leaves.
by Hanna, Jacob, Julia, Nicole
My goal was to teach my students how to create an Acrostic Poem. We had just learned about the different types of sentences there are in our English Language, and, we had discussed events or happenings in their lives associated with Fall. They read various types of acrostic poems from my previous classes and from classes on the internet. Their task was to integrate their knowledge into a single acrostic poem. This would be a group activity.
First, we brainstormed fall happenings in thier lives. We compiled a list of 30 + ideas. Next, we linked the ideas with separate topics. Then, the students were asked to vote on 5 topics they felt they could easily write about. After the 5 topics were chosen, each group was asked to decide on a specific topic for their particular group. Each group then was assigned the task of writing their Acrostic. Each group member had to contribute at least one sentence for the group poem.
I assessed the group work using a rubric scale of 4.
Scores of 3 or 4 are above average.
A score of 2 is considered average.
A score of 1 or below is considered below average.
The elements needed in the poem were:
1.) They had to use the topic of fall (happenings in their lives).
2.) Each line must begin with a capital letter & have correct punctuation mark.
3.) The poem had to have a Question, Statement, Exclamation (or) Command.
4.) The Poem must follow the acrostic format (their special word must "stick out" vertically).
Students were later asked to write individual Acrostics. We made a word webb about Halloween. Rough drafts were written at school. Sloppy copies were taken home and proof-read with parents. Revised copies were brought back to school for final touches and formatting. The individual acrostice were then displayed on a hallway bulletin board titled "Halloween Acrostic Poems".