Acrostic poetry, writing, or posters are great ways to incorporate content into creative composition. This 3-step method assists students in creating an acrostic from brainstorming through final product.
Step 1: Select a term associated with a unit, subject, or theme that can be expanded upon. Write this term on the board inside of a webbing diagram or graphic organizer. Facilitate an open class discussion and add suggestions to board. The goal is to gather as many ideas as possible, ideally more than the letters in the acrostic word, so as many choices are possible for creating the acrostic.
Step 2: On rough draft sheets, or binder paper, students write the word vertically down the left side of the page, leaving space (1-2 lines) between each letter. The goal is to compose complete sentences based on the ideas gathered through the brainstorming web. This "draft" can be revised as many times as necessary for content, grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics.
Step 3: On blank white printer paper (size may vary), students transfer their rough draft writing to a final project piece. Encourage color, decorations, and creativity to be included. Final projects may be displayed in the classroom, hallways, library, or included in student portfolios!