Acrostics are a type of blank verse in which the first or last letters of each line spell a word. Such poems are a great way to help students remember concepts in physics, mathematics or any other subject that they may otherwise find difficult to grasp. Shall we see how poems make for good pedagogical tools for classroom instruction? Readers will recall that in an earlier issue of Teacher Plus we had discussed how haiku poetry can be used to help children understand and remember basic concepts in physics. Acrostics work in much the same way.
Linking physics and acrostic verses
Physics is often considered a dry subject and I am constantly looking for ways to make the subject more interesting for students. During revision time for my students in class nine, I gave them acrostics of different concepts in their textbook so that they would remember the concepts better and more importantly learn how physics can be understood in different ways. Take a look at the examples on the facing page.
The author is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials, Jaipur. He can be reached at Lalit_culp@rediffmail.com.