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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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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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:

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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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