This Is Me Acrostics |
Poetry Competition

5-7 Years

This Is Me Acrostics Video

Help your budding poetry stars shine brightly with This Is Me...

Lets explore emotions, uniqueness and acrostic poems with this activity!

This Is Me Acrostics lets your pupils explore who they are and who they want to be, empowering them and celebrating their individuality. Motivate your pupils to write exciting poetry that lets them express themselves.

An acrostic is a fun poetic style that helps structure ideas and develop vocabulary, so every pupil has the chance to shine, to feel confident in writing a poem, and have the chance to be published in a real book.

If your school is paperless, check out the Online Writing Portal!


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Rules

To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your pupils to write/type their poem, ensuring their name, age and school name are included. (An adult can scribe too!)

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!

  • Poems must be in the acrostic format.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and an awesome bundle of books for your school! 

2 x Runners-Up

Each wins a framed certificate and a selection of books for your school!

PLUS

Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in!

(Winners will be chosen from poetry competition entries received in the 2021/2022 academic year.)

For Pupils

Our 5 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!

PLUS

Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Summer Term 2022. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ)

Online

Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our pupil writing portal:

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Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS1
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

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Tip #1

Have a look at our list of amazing recommended reads that are sure to help your pupils fall in love with poetry.

The opportunity to read with a child or a class is vital in their reading journey. Shared reading:

  • Allows the child to engage with books in a fun way so that they can enjoy the story without the pressure of trying to read it themselves.
  • Allows them to experience books and stories they may not be able to read on their own
  • Demonstrates fluency and expression
  • Exposes them to new vocabulary they might not otherwise encounter
  • Familiarises spelling and pronunciation of high-frequency words
  • Encourages prediction and comprehension skills
  • Allows the child to ask questions about words or events that they don’t understand

Tip #2

What is an acrostic? What rules do you have to follow? How do you write one? Asked and answered!

Check out our Learning Lab: Acrostic Poems video on YouTube.

This fun video explains in just one minute what an acrostic poem is, with ideas and examples to give you and your pupils plenty of ideas to get you started! Pause it to discuss ideas with the class as you go along!

Tip #3

A fun way to liven up an acrostic poem is to introduce onomatopoeia!

Explain to your pupils that onomatopoeia is a word that names a sound, but also sounds like that sound! For example pop, zoom, hiss

Ask your pupils to think about themselves or their favourite person. What sort of things do they do that make sounds?

For example:
Mum: Her long purple skirt goes swish.
Footballer: Pow! The ball hits the back of the net.
Brother: Tap, click, tap goes his Xbox controller

How many sounds can they think of for their person? Once they have some ideas, they can use these to add to their poem, or write a whole poem using sound sentences!

Tip #4

This game is a fun way to share the love around the class and learn what makes each of your pupils great.

To play the game, each pupil writes their name on a sheet of paper and passes it around the class. The other pupils each write a compliment in turn on the sheet of paper as the papers are passed around.

Now each pupil will have a page full of lovely things about them and they can pick their favourite compliments to inspire their poem.

Encourage them to look for any that start with letters in their name, which they can use in their acrostic.

Not many people hear about their good qualities from other people, so as well as generating poem ideas, this is a great exercise to boost self-esteem. It’s also nice to be nice, so will boost each pupil as they complement their classmates!

Tip #5

This game is a fun way to share the love around the class and learn what makes each of your pupils great.

To play the game, each pupil writes their name on a sheet of paper and passes it around the class. The other pupils each write a compliment in turn on the sheet of paper as the papers are passed around.

Now each pupil will have a page full of lovely things about them and they can pick their favourite compliments to inspire their poem.

Encourage them to look for any that start with letters in their name, which they can use in their acrostic.

Not many people hear about their good qualities from other people, so as well as generating poem ideas, this is a great exercise to boost self-esteem. It’s also nice to be nice, so will boost each pupil as they complement their classmates!

Get In Touch

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FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS1
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Email
[email protected]

Tel
(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 27th May 2022