Acrostics, although challenging, provide a framework and a sense of purpose for the reluctant poet. The end is clearly in sight, the subject matter is made plain, and you can sell the task to your timid or resistant writer as a puzzle to be solved, rather than a composition to be written!
Here are some of the offerings from the little bluestockings, when given the task to write about God as Creator of our Earth.
Every animal, fish and fowl was good,
And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply.”
Roaming through the beautiful earth God made,
The animals reproduced after their own kind.
How great is the power and glory of God!
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,
Or loose the bands of Orion?
Number the stars: only God knows how many!
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and
Turneth the shadow of death into the morning.
Ever testifying to the greatness of God,
Lighting the night sky,
Let the heavens declare the glory of God.
Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades were contemplated by Job.
The stars and constellations, all are named.
In Bethlehem’s sky, leading shepherds
Onward to the Saviour.
Navigation! Ever a true guide.
Stars! One of His many glorious gifts.
If your students enjoy the process, you can challenge them to create a shaped acrostic; the shape of the poem must reflect the subject matter – twice the fun!
All made by God
Reflecting His glory
The perfect place
If your little people need more meaning, ask them to write an acrostic for someone they love as a birthday gift. Dad may appreciate his own, personal poem even more than another pair of socks, and D A D is a nice, short start!