Stretch & Strengthen Writing Challenge – Lessons From Math Class

If you are up for the challenge, here’s your STRETCH & STRENGTHEN EXERCISE!

Lessons From Math Class: Write about a math concept, such as “you cannot divide by zero” or never-ending irrational numbers.

1. Accretion – the growing of separate things into one
2. Trifling – Unimportant
3. True – right, accurate

Write it as an acrostic.

An acrostic poem is one in which certain letters of each line spell out a word or message. Usually the letters that spell the message will be the first letters of each line, so that you can read the secret word right down the margin; however, you can also use the letters at the end or down the middle of the lines to hide a secret message. Acrostic poems are especially popular with children.

Here’s an example of an acrostic poem, “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” by Lewis Carroll. The lines spell out “Alice Pleasance Liddell,” who was a young friend of Carroll’s and the inspiration behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“A boat beneath a sunny sky,

Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July—

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear—

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream—
Lingering in the golden gleam—
Life, what is it but a dream?”

Submit your poem to for consideration for publication in this year’s Rhyme N Chatt Poetry Anthology. Also, consider sharing your poem at an upcoming RNC open mic session!


“Changing Lives One Rhyme At A Time”

One thought on “Stretch & Strengthen Writing Challenge – Lessons From Math Class

  1. Coming Together

    Calling out the numbers the way you learned them by rote,
    On cue, but clearly, to provide true clarity for the subject you dote,
    Making that emphatic pronouncement of the numbers you recited,
    In claiming your credit for the perfect performance, you merited.

    Now they talked about those trifling symbols that played with the numbers,
    Gaining control by repetition and practice you could answer in your slumber,
    To be shown you needed to solve those for that one variable in simple equations,
    Only to see the accretion of variables in time to become simultaneous equations.

    Grow did you to understand the complexity of the irrational and complex,
    Each step a bit more intense in the severity causing you to strain and flex,
    Then landing in the lap of integrals and derivatives that had you bewitched,
    Holding the tantalizing vision of that journey’s end that your brain hitched.

    Every time you read todays topic in science to better understand how it all together ties,
    Reminds you of the coming together of scientific ideas with numbers that never lies.

    Neelanjan Patri


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