Need a quick uniquewishesandquotes.com to share with your students tomorrow? Teach your students acrostic poems. If you want to spend a lot of time on the activity, you can spend thirty minutes or five minutes on acrostic poetry.
Students should choose a Christmas-related word and then write phrases or sentences for each letter of the word. Phrases or sentences must correspond to the main idea of the word. To help your students, here are some quick tips:
The Art of Writing a Merry Christmas Acrostic Poem
- Demonstrate the format of an acrostic poem to your students. Work together on the whiteboard to write an acrostic poem.
- Provide your students with a Christmas-related word so that they can write their own acrostic poem. The month of December is associated with cheer, Rudolph, presents, family, snowmen, or Santa Claus. During the Christmas season, discuss the meaning of these words and the importance of family and giving.
- Let your students write their acrostic poems. Offer guidance if necessary.
- Let the students illustrate their poems if you have time. Especially if you do it early in December, this project makes a wonderful bulletin board display!
- Give your students’ acrostic poems as Christmas gifts. It would be a lovely handmade gift.
Seven boys and seven girls with good voices and some sprightliness of manner are required. Each carries a wand, to the upper end of which is fastened an evergreen wreath surrounding a large, gilt letter. Ranged in order the letters will spell the word “Merry Christmas.” The verse for each is sung to the air, “Buy a Broom.” The children enter only one at a time, using a polka step, boys and girls alternately. While singing they take steps and wave wand in time to music. At third line of each stanza the boys bow and the girls make a courtesy, right and left. The chorus at the end of each verse is sung by the entire school. The boy with letter M comes in first, sings, and takes position on platform. He is followed by the girl with E. So continue until the line of children is complete.
M stands for merry—oh’ let us be merry;
M stands for merry—right merry am I.
(Bowing.) With a bow to the right, sir, and a bow to the left, sir,
Come, now, and be merry, all sadness defy.
Chorus (by school, to the refrain of “Buy a Broom“).
(Leave a space in the line of children between the last letter of “Merry” and the first of “Christmas.”)
C stands for Christmas—bright Christmas, merry Christmas;
C stands for Christmas—the best of the year.
With a courtesy to right, sir, and a courtesy to left, sir,
Make merry at Christmas with good Christmas cheer.—Cho.
The following verses are to be sung by the school to the air, “Wait for the Wagon.” During the singing of the first stanza and chorus, the fourteen boys and girls divide off into couples and march around, elevating and lowering the wands in time to music. During the second stanza they form two opposite lines, with wands crossed overhead, couples marching under the arches formed and back again to places. Third stanza, the opposite lines pass forward and back, cross to other side, partners passing each other, then back once more, and turn partners into place in a line forming “Merry Christmas” again.
|Oh, Christmas, merry Christmas!
Thy call we must obey,
And carry fadeless garlands
In honor of the day.
Chorus (to be sung after each verse).—
Oh, Christmas, merry Christmas!
Oh, Christmas, merry Christmas!
– by M.D. Sterling