Acrostic Poetry Writing Activity: Snowball Collaborative Writing
This acrostic poetry writing activity is a fun way to shake up your poetry unit with some collaborative writing. The snowball writing method will engage even your most reluctant writers and engage them in poetry writing in a low-stress and fun way. This activity combines collaboration and acrostic poetry, and you will be amazed at what your students will create.
How the acrostic poetry writing activity works:
- Print the 30 pages included in this resource and distribute them to your students randomly. Each student receives a page with a unique acrostic poetry writing topic!
- Provide students with 2-4 minutes to write the first line of the acrostic poem.
- Students write their name beside their writing, crumple up the paper into a ball, and throw it to the front of the classroom This will lead to instant engagement! Everyone goes to the front of the classroom to retrieve a different “snowball” and returns to their desks.
- The next student reads what has been written so far on the new topic and contributes the second line! They again crumple their paper, throw it, and retrieve a new one. This process is continued until all poems are done.
- After the poem is done, it is returned to the first writer who completes a good copy of the collaborative acrostic poem.
Included in this acrostic poetry writing activity:
- Detailed teacher instructions for how to implement this collaborative poetry writing activity in the classroom. The instructions include tips for running this successfully so that you receive high-quality acrostic poems.
- 30 Different acrostic poetry writing pages with a variety of high-interest topics.
Skills addressed in this resource:
- Creative Writing: This acrostic poetry writing activity allows students to use their imagination and creativity to develop their own poetry.
- Collaboration: Students must work together to form a poem that is understandable and meaningful.
- Problem-solving: Students are limited to a specific initial letter with the acrostic poem format, so they must use their problem-solving skills to develop lines of poetry that flow with previous lines written.
What teachers are saying about using this acrostic poetry writing activity:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I used this with a group of students who benefit from frequent movement. Being able to crumple paper, throw it, and then chase down a new one let them be active while still providing a purpose and encouraging some writing. They really enjoyed it. Thank you!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an amazing resource! The kids were so engaged and as a class, we created some incredible acrostic poems - thank you!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was slightly nervous that my students would not be able to handle throwing papers around, but they had the best time! It was a great way to add some physical engagement to the lesson. Thank you!
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