Ancient Egypt and Poetry!
We are loving The Magic Tree House Series and read our third book in just one day! Mummies in the Morning (or Secret of the Pyramids here in the UK) is a story that takes Jack and Annie even further back in time to Ancient Egypt. Here they have a rather spooky Egyptian adventure, involving a cat, a Queen and a pyramid before returning back to the tree house.
My daughter, Samantha, loves everything about Egypt, and we have found out lots of different things about it. We have been to a local museum to learn about the mummification process and created our own canonic jars. She has read about the different gods and goddesses and why they were so important to the ancient Egyptians. We also plan to do a topic about the Pyramids next year when we visit the British Museum in London.
So we wanted to do something a little different for The Magic Tree House series and we decided to create our own Eygptian Acrostic Poetry.
What is Acrostic Poetry?
An acrostic poem is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Usually the first letters of each line are used to spell the message. However, they can appear anywhere in the poem.
Making Ancient Egypt Acrostic Poems!
Acrostic poems are a good starting point for children who are just beginning to learn about poetry. You can begin with very simple words and phrases to build up an interesting poem. This seemed like an ideal project for our Egyptian theme.
Resources we used:
Materials and resources: books, information leaflets, online websites, paper, pens, glue, simple online graphic design website or app (we used Canva)
How we made the poems:
First we looked through our resources. We read about the ancient Egyptians and wrote down the names of some of the Pharaohs and Queens.
Next we carried on reading and writing down interesting names, facts or descriptions on a piece of A4 paper.
Then we cut out each one until we had a pile of words connected to Egypt. We popped these into a hat and shuffled them around. Samantha picked one of the words out of the hat, it was one of her favourites, the sphinx! She wrote SPHINX down the side of a clean sheet of A4.
Once she had written SPHINX down the side of the paper, she then selected other words that began with and stuck them down. She selected scarab beetle, pharaohs, hieroglyphs, Isis and Nile. We were a bit stuck on X, but soon found out that Xerxes was a Pharaoh around 500 BC so we popped his name in too!
Then we looked at the words and imagined that we were the sphinx, many centuries ago. We imagined looking around and wrote about what we could see and feel. We soon had our poem forming and wrote down the words that seemed to fit. Samantha tweaked the poem, replacing lying with resting on the final line.
Finally we went into a graphic design website and chose an image of the sphinx. We typed up the poem to put here for you to see – Acrostic Poem from Ancient Egypt.
More Ideas for Acrostic Poems!
Why not try using other words to create your poem? You could use words out of books, cut out from magazines or leaflets from a museum.
We thought we could make some more Egyptian poems or even acrostic poems about other things as well. We may go back to the previous books and create some more poems for our own Magic Tree House Poetry collection!
Why not try this at home? It does not have to be about the Egyptians, Mummies or the Pyramid. It could be about anything you want – spacemen, under the sea or even about your favourite toy or animal!
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Magic Tree House book. Don’t forget to read last week’s article about Medieval Shields and let me know how what your shields look like!
Plus join us in two weeks time, when we will be meeting treasure seeking pirates with Jack and Annie! See you then!