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Biography Acrostic

Subjects

Arts & Humanities
--Language Arts
--Literature
--History

Grade

3-5
6-8
9-12

Brief Description

A perfect culminating activity for your biography, history, or literature unit.

Objectives

Students will

  • learn how acrostic poems differ from other forms of poetry.
  • explore samples of acrostics to see how the form can vary.
  • write an acrostic about a famous person (or event).

Keywords

acrostic, poetry, biography

Materials Needed

  • paper and pencil

Lesson Plan

This lesson might be used
• as a culminating activity for your Biography unit.
• as a book report" after students have read biographies; the acrostic should draw on information/facts that students learned from the biography they read.
• as an introduction to or culmination of the study of a period in history; you might assign each student to learn about -- and share what they learned about -- one famous person (or event, or concept) from the period.

What Is an Acrostic Poem?
Explain to students that an acrostic poem -- sometimes called a name poem -- begins with a subject or topic (a persons name, an event, a concept, a word). Each line of the poem begins with a letter from the subject and describes the subject in some way. Sometimes the lines of an acrostic are single words, and other times they are phrases. Unlike many other types of poetry, the lines or phrases in an acrostic poem usually do not rhyme.

You might share with students this acrostic poem, which also serves as a nice example of an acrostic. It is used here with permission from its author, Dr. Tonya Strickland.

Acrostic Poetry
An acrostic poem
Can be about anything,
Really.
Of course, some people like to
Start each line as a sentence,
Though
I prefer weaving words into a
Creation that is more freeform.

If you plan to have your students write biography acrostics, you might share a few samples of this form:

Acrostic Lesson Resources
The Web page What Is an Acrostic Poem? offers some tips for writing acrostics that you might share with students.
Following are some additional lesson resources:

Assessment

You might use or adapt one of these acrostic rubrics to guide your assessment of student work:
Biography Acrostic Poem Rubric
Acrostic Biographical Poem Rubric

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 12
All Eras

SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History
GRADES 5 - 12
All Eras

TECHNOLOGY
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity Tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications Tools

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