This character education on “kindness” will involve students understanding the definition of kindness & writing acrostic poems. The only background information necessary to carry out this lesson is for the teacher to be able to explain what an acrostic poem is and have example of acrostic poems for students to see. The purpose of the lesson is for students to practice kind statements about their classmates. By writing an acrostic poem about another student (who they have not chosen) it will force them to think about what they know about this person and recognize his/her attributes. Identifying synonyms for the work “Kindness” will help students think about various ways we show kindness to others on a daily basis. In addition, by writing a poem, as opposed to a narrative piece, students will practice expressing ideas in an unusual format that will require more creative thought.
- Students will be able to generate ideas from multiple sources (e.g. brainstorming, graphic organizer, group discussion).
- Students will be able to use knowledge of antonyms and synonyms to determine meanings of words.
- Students will be able to understand the distinguishing features among the common forms of literature (e.g. poetry)
- Students will be able to respond to discuss, and reflect on various literary selections (e.g. poetry) connecting text to self; text to world, text to text.
- Students will be able to write a variety of expressive forms (e.g. poetry).
- Students will practice cooperative learning strategies while writing class poems with partners.
- Students will practice democratic process of voting for poem that will represent their class view of "Kindness."
- Card Stock
- Markers (All optional - depending on what you want the poems to be written on.)