Get your 5-7 year-olds writing kind, thoughtful acrostic poems!
Inspire your younger pupils to celebrate their favourite person by writing a heartfelt acrostic about them! It’s a fantastic way to learn about poetry as well as practise descriptive writing, but it’s also a kind and thoughtful activity, that will put smiles on many faces!
Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
Young Writers KS1
Once your pupils have decided who they would like to dedicate their acrostic to, ask them to think about something kind they would like to say to them. It could be ‘Thank you’, ‘I love you’ or even ‘Be happy’. Once they have their message they can use this as the start of their acrostic, writing it down the left-hand side of the entry form, and then they can develop their message acrostic.
To get pupils thinking about adjectives and how to use them, give them sentences to embellish, and ask them to shout out or write down their ideas. For example; “My
Ask your pupils to close their eyes and pretend to put on the Super Vision Goggles/Glasses. These give pupils special vision so they can pretend they are someone else. Who will they be? Pupil write their acrostic from that person’s point of view, they could pretend to be their parent, idol, a key worker or even you!
Similes are a great way to add interest and vocabulary to writing. It’s also a lovely way for your pupils to describe their favourite person exactly how they see them for a really personalised touch to the poem.
Get your pupils familiar with this poetic technique by asking them to help fill in the blanks with similes:
• The nurse is like a… E.g. The nurse is like a heavenly angel. • My puppy is as .............. as a ………. My puppy is as fast as a Ferrari. • My mummy is as beautiful as…………….. My mummy is as beautiful as a shiny diamond ring. • Grandad is like a …….. Grandad is like a wrinkly raisin with a big smile.
Why not ask your pupils to think of some more people to describe using similes!
Why not create a list of 'people that help us' to inspire your pupils' acrostics?
Aim for 10-15 people on your list and ask pupils to pick their favourite person from it to give thanks to! You could also provide pupils with a list of adjectives that relate to that person/job to give them a starting point for their acrostic.