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Today you are going to be poets! Because you are experts on tigers, we would like you to use your knowledge to write an acrostic poem about them. Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme!

An acrostic poem has the title or the subject (what the poem is about) written down the left-hand side of the page and you use the letters as the first letter of each of your lines of poetry. Like this:

T

I

G

E

R

Talk with your parent about what you can remember about tigers. Do any of the words you recall start with the same letters which spell tiger? For example, I know tigers have tails so I could make my “T” start the word tail. Then I need to describe it: Tail long and stripy. I can’t think of a tiger feature which starts with I so I might use the word “In” to say, “In the tall grass he is camouflaged”.

 

Independent task: Can you write an acrostic poem about a tiger? Ask your grown up to write the letters           T I G E R  vertically down the left-hand side of your page.

 

Extra challenge: When we describe something, we can use a technique called similes. This is where you say what something is like by comparing it to something your reader/audience will know. For example, for G, I could write “Growling like a motorbike” because the sound of a tiger’s growl could be as loud as a motorbike engine. Could you compare his stripes to something else stripy? His claws could be as sharp as…? When he stalks his prey, he is as quiet as…?

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