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San Francisco Poetry  

This unit will explore places around San Francisco and students will write different types of poems about the city
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Acrostic Poetry

Begin by writing the letters for your topic vertically down the page.  It is best if these are bold, capital letters so they will be easy to distinguish from the rest.

Then, think of words or ideas that begin with each letter you have written.  These should relate to your topic.



Haiku 3 lines:

1st line: 5 syllables

2nd line: 7 syllables

3rd line: 5 syllables



Four line poem where the first and third lines rhyme and the second and fourth lines rhyme.  



1st: one word (subject).

2nd: two adjectives describing the subject

3rd: three words ending in -ing telling about the subject

4th: four words, the first two describe subject, the last two describe its opposite

5th: three words ending in -ing telling about the opposite

6th: two adjectives describing the opposite

7th: one word (opposite from the first line)



Five Senses Poem

Five line poem using the format below:

Looks like 

Sounds like 

Smells like 

Tastes like

Feels like 



One word (noun)

2 words (adjectives)

3 words (action verbs- end in "ing")

4 words (a short phrase)

1 word (synonym to your first noun)


Instant Poetry

A poem that is about 6 lines where the first word in each line drops and a new word is placed on the end.


The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that was built between 1933 and 1937.  Prior to the bridge, cars had to ride ferries to get across the water.  Due to winds that blow up to 75mph, waves that can reach 50 feet into the air, and the probability of earthquakes, it was said that this bridge would be impossible to build.  Joseph Strauss had experience building bridges and he knew that he could do it.  His dream is our inspiration.  The bridge is 8,981 feet long (almost two miles) and it rises to 746 feet above sea level.

Golden Gate Bridge: Frequently Asked Questions

75 Years Later: Building the Golden Gate

Men Who Built the Golden Gate



San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America.  

Chinatown: San Francisco Neighborhoods

The Story of Chinatown

Chinatown: San Francsico


The Mission District

This district boasts holds the oldest building in San Francisco, the Mission Dolores Church, which was built in 1776.  Consequently, it is the first neighborhood of the city.

Mission District: San Francisco


Alcatraz Island

Although it is best known as former prison for the country's most dangerous criminals, Alcatraz has a rich history.  The island has been a bird sanctuary, a Civil War outpost, and the beginning of the Native American Red Power movement in this country.

It is also the site of the first lighthouse on the Pacific West Coast.

The History Channel: Alcatraz

National Park Service: Alcatraz Island


Golden Gate Park


Golden Gate Park Video


AT&T Park


World Series 2014


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