I need to make an acrostic poem for the phrase "Native American."I need to make an acrostic poem for the phrase "Native American."

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I don't know if it will work, but why don't you do a little research and see if you can find a tribe whose name begins with each of the letters in Native American. For instance: Navajo, Apache, Teton, Iroquois, etc. Then write something about each tribe. For instance:

Navajo--makers of rugs

Apache--people of the west

Teton--a band of the mighty Sioux

Iroquois.....

This idea may be corny, but maybe it will work. Good luck!

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renkins44 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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First, brainstorm a list of what your frist think of when the phrase "Native American" comes to mind. Keep a ocus on who the Native American people are at their core. In other words, write down words that reflect who their values, traditions, history/present, norms, and beliefs (both religious and philosophical). Don't stop there. That is simply a list to get you started.

The Native American people have a rich culture and beleif system that is still practiced today. They value the earth and see themselves as one with her. At a time when Americans are more focused thatn ever before on the environment, we have a lot to learn from the relationship the Native Americans had with the earth.

Native Americans suffered a great deal at the hand of European settlers; they were hunted, enslaved, and discriminated against. Just as the underlying current of racism and sexism still exists today, so to are Native Americans still discriminated against in certain areas and workplaces. Simply think of negative stereotypes you may have heard about Native Americans in your lifetime. Those tend to be a good measuring stick for the depth underlying discrimination.

Hope this helps and reply back if you get stuck. I'll give you a start:

Noble

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Vehement

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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To write an acrostic poem, start by looking at a number of examples. You'll find links to numerous examples below. Then you'll want to abstract the qualities you want in the poem; what makes a good acrostic?
http://ia.usu.edu/viewproject.php?project=ia:1905

http://www.poetryteachers.com/poetclass/lessons/acrostic.html

http://www.holycross.edu/departments/socant/dhummon/acrostics/acrostics.html

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oakley01 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Oh#6 - I really like your idea!  Very creative!

It is very easy for an acrostic poem to become choppy or kind of random, so make sure that the poem makes sense while reading the whole thing, not just per line.   I really like how the Connie poem flows nicely and almost reads like a paragraph.  

Good Luck! 

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rhawnie | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Acrostic poems are typically written vertically with each line starting with the letter of the words "Native American."  Try to incorporate the culture (customs, religous views, housing, language, holidays/celebrations, clothing, food preferences) of Native Americans into the poem.    Either use one tribes' culture or try to incorporate the varied cultural attributes.  Example:  "T = tipi, wigwams, pueblos, wikiup, longhouse."

I've listed two sites for information about Native American cultures and an interactive website to write your poem.

 Good luck.

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natnalex | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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An acrostic poem is a poem in which you take the letters in NATIVE AMERICAN and use them to start each line of the poem.

For example, if I were going to use a name to write an acrostic poem. I would first find somethings out about that person. Then use them to write the poem. 

Can always put a smile on her face

On the gloomiest of days

Never needs to be cheered up

No one can get her down

It is that special reason

Everyone wants to be around her.

*So in the poem above, I use each letter of  CONNIE's first name to begin my line. 

First, look up somethings about Native Americans and then use them in writing your poem. 

Here is a helpful site to use:

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