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ERIC Number: EJ880116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Extending Acrostic Poetry into Content Learning: A Scaffolding Framework
Frye, Elizabeth M.; Trathen, Woodrow; Schlagal, Bob
Reading Teacher, v63 n7 p591-595 Apr 2010
Acrostic poems make use of a keyword written vertically, where each line of the poem begins with a letter of the keyword. The structure of this formula poem combined with teacher modeling provides a scaffold for students, showing them how to think flexibly and develop ideas and choose interesting words. Moreover, encoding information in poetic form is a thought-provoking way to capture and retain important content. This article describes an instructional framework for teachers to extend acrostic poetry into content areas. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A