#SOL18: March 10

Some days

Are like


Unraveling thoughts


Down a hill


YET . . . just the beginning of the day.

Have you written an acrostic poem yet this month?

What is an acrostic poem? Traditionally using the first letter, but also the ending of a line or even the middle of a line as shown here.

More examples here.

Where I totally borrowed this one:

  “Pick uP a pen

Think of a tOpic

         Be crEative

 Use your iMagination”

12 Acrostic Poems for Children here

Which type of acrostic poetry will your try?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily forum each March. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

25 responses

  1. Acrostic poems seem so simple and then you read one that’s well done and see the amazing potential. Because of Christie Wyman’s recent post and review, I recently ordered the book: The Lost Words and it arrived in the mail yesterday. Talk about amazing acrostics! Thanks for sharing these varied examples of the form and for another great idea to tuck away for a slice later this month.

    1. OHHH! Another source. Thanks . . . checking those out! Christy’s post here: https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/lost-words-and-why-im-here-poetryfriday/

      I was wondering about the plain acrostic as a formative – before a content unit study and then moving to the end of the line or mid line acrostic at the end of the unit work! Just my Saturday writing across the content area thinking!

  2. Maybe because I’ve read so many BAD acrostic poems, I veer away from them, but since it’s you, Fran, I read your acrostic poem and I liked it. Maybe I’ll take an acrostic challenge later in the month and see if I can write one that doesn’t sound forced.

    Happy Saturday!

    1. Melanie,
      Choose a word or name that you love and let the ideas rather that just the “words” be the focus and you may be amazed by the way your brain sifts through better “word selection”. Many are all nouns, too adjectivey or too forced! You can do it!

  3. Thanks for the idea Fran. I’ll give it a go soon. Maybe tomorrow?
    Can blossom in poetic genius

    1. Amy,
      Love that you already tried one out! 🙂

  4. Oooh, a prompt for a future Slice! Thanks for the idea!

    1. So many ways an acrostic can go! I hope you try one!

  5. I agree with Melanie. There are lots of bad acrostics out there, but yours is spot on, Fran. Thanks for the nudge to try one again.

    1. Diane,
      I hope you do. As I said to Clare, I think we’ve missed the purpose in generating words that start with specific letters. Those typically result in a collection of nouns with little connection except for those oddly mismatched prepositions that confound meaning! 🙂

  6. Clare Landrigan | Reply

    Just caught up on your last 3 slices – honestly was looking for next installment of your story in the diner… loved the conference with the writing and your reflections. Kids need time to practice, accommodate and assimilate new learning. Time in itself is a goal. Loved your poem today – I have never written one. Not sure it is me, but I will put on my list of ideas!! Thanks

    1. Clare,
      To me an acrostic is so NOT generating words that start with those letters. I think there’s a surface level of word generation that keeps the meaning at bay. The diner story will be back as well as some more conference work – all in progress! ❤

  7. Acrostics can be a great entryway into poetry for kids. I love sharing Steven Schnur’s seasonal acrostics with kids. They really encourage looking at objects with fresh eyes. I sometimes write acrostics as a way to generate words and ideas associated with my topic. I love your poem, Fran. It sounds like you and I are on the same wavelength: so many thoughts in my head, I don’t know where to begin!

    1. Catherine,
      I am hoping for a GREAT writing day as I have much to think about and many projects that need to be nudged along. oh, wow…..https://www.poetryfoundation.org

  8. Fran, you are so spot on in your reply to Melanie and to Clare. Also, I noticed how important punctuation is in your poem. I see so many acrostics without punctuation … just a listing of attributes, objects, actions, not an expression of an idea. Showing students a variety of forms for acrostics seems to make it even more doable.

    1. Thanks, Alice. I didn’t even notice what I did with punctuation. So many choices! So many ways to combine “craft” and “meaning” in a real positive way. I blame it on “Worksheet / Fill in the Blank Teaching” how to write crappy acrostics! Just my view! 🙂 Letter by letter instruction misses out on the meaning. And for the record, Oh, yes! I taught it the AWFUL way! But NOW I know better! ❤

      1. I hold the same view of worksheets! And yes, I have memories of teaching “the AWFUL way.”

  9. Such a wonderful conversation happening in the comments here! Acrostics upset me, for all the reasons you mention, and so I very nearly didn’t read yours, and that would have been a shame, because here is an acrostic where meaning and rhythm are the focus and a wonderful poem is the result. Perhaps I could try this and would even like to try this after all? Thanks, as always, for the nudge to tackle a writing challenge, Fran.

    1. Elisabeth,
      I’m so glad that you did read this. I know there are many reasons why acrostics have been ill received but I think they can serve a purpose! I’m not voting for a steady diet although my OCD will keep me here for a bit! 🙂

  10. I tried it out today in my slice…thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Jenna, I love your Saturday acrostic. So much fun to see what you did with it! https://growinglifelonglearners.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/spring-break-saturday/

  11. […] to write an acrostic poem by a slice I read this […]

  12. It does all come down to word choice. These poems are easy to write when not much thought is given to meaning and emotion. When thought is given something beautiful and inspiring emerges.

  13. You have completely changed my mind about acrostic poems. And you’ve got me thinking. I am going to give it a try this week.

  14. So fun Fran, so fun 🙂

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