Miserable, Horrible, Atrocious Writing Activities




Our names are Jessica S, Matt V, and Mike W. We are juniors at the University of Delaware and we are studying to become Elementary School teachers. We enjoyed the Lemony Snicket book and hope you enjoy our writing activities.



Acrostic Poems


Orders the Baudelaire children around

Leaves sunny dangling from the top of a tower

Asks Violet to marry him in the play

Finds enjoyment in acting with his friends



Matt V

Sleeps in a cage

Utters only gibberish

Naps on a pile of curtains

Needs Violet's help to be rescued

Youngest of the Baudelaire children


Mike W

Knows a lot about everything

Likes to read a lot

Attempts to foil Olaf's plan

Understands about nuptial laws

Sometimes sleeps on the floor



Acrostic Poems

Imagine you are Violet. In a journal entry, describe how you would feel after the wedding with Count Olaf was called off.

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Dear Journal,

        Tonight, I don't think I have ever been so relieved in my entire fourteen years of existence. Tonight, I was almost forced into marriage with one of the most disgusting, repulsive, evil human beings alive.  Tonight, thanks to the help of Klaus and his research, I escaped the misery of matrimony with Count Olaf.

        If it wasn't for Klaus and his interest in the laws of marriage, I never would have thought to sign with my left hand. Clearly my left hand is not my "own hand"; my right hand is. Although only minor, this detail provided me with a loophole around the law. I owe much thanks to Justice Strauss as well. If it wasn't for her support, Count Olaf never would have believed that my signature was invalid.

    Even though I am extremely happy with the turnout of the Marvelous Marriage play, I am also frightened of the future. Count Olaf threatened to steal our fortune and kill us in the process; now, he is running loose and we have no idea where he is. We are off to live with yet another stranger. We wish we could live with Justice Strauss, but the will of our parents won't allow it. We can only hope that we have seen the last of Count Olaf, though time will surely tell.