Acrostic Poetry for All Seasons

Contributor: Lisa Ott. Lesson ID: 10568

Do you know some poetry doesn't rhyme? Learn to write acrostic poems where one-word topics start each line. You'll watch videos, play online games, and practice writing and researching your own poems!


Writing, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


An acrostic poem
Creates a challenge
Random words on a theme
Open your imagination
Select your words carefully
To form a word from top to bottom
Is the aim of this poetry style
Choose a word then go!

Did that look like poetry?

What do you know about poems? There are a number of poetry styles!

Acrostic poems help you explore topics you are familiar with and help you learn about new topics!

What is an acrostic poem?

Acrostic poems can look and sound quite different from each other because there is only one rule. Every acrostic poem is centered around a one-word theme, and this word is written vertically throughout the poem. Usually, the letters of the word will start each line of the acrostic poem.

Take a look back at the example which starts this lesson. Do you see this element? Yes! The word ACROSTIC is written vertically down the page, AND each letter that spells the word begins each line of the poem.

Acrostic poems include lines, phrases, or other words that describe or characterize the main theme of the poem. Unlike many poems, the lines of an acrostic poem do not usually rhyme.

Take a look at a few fun examples of acrostic poetry!

Acrostic Poems at KidZone Poetry

How to Write an Acrostic Poem by mcpheje:

acrostic poems by Margery Dumaine:

What did you notice about the examples you explored? How were the details used in each line of the acrostic poems found?

Authors use the process of prewriting to brainstorm or list words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and more) that detail the topic or theme of their writing.

Preparing to write an acrostic poem requires the same step: prewrite!

If the theme of your poem is something with which you are familiar, you most likely could list quite a few words and phrases about it. If you choose an unfamiliar topic, the prewriting stage may require research to learn more facts or details about the topic before you draft your acrostic poem.

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