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Acrostic Poems Teaching Resources

Choose from dozens of printable acrostic poem templates for kids to use during your elementary poetry lessons, plus classroom posters and more related poetry activities! From acrostic poems for mothers to acrostic poems for friends to Earth Day acrostic poems and more, this collection of teacher-created resources makes learning how to write an acrostic poem fun and engaging.

How Do You Write an Acrostic Poem?

New to teaching this section of the ELA curriculum? The English teachers on the Teach Starter team have put together a primer on this popular poem form for kids!
By definition, an acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase, usually the subject of the poem.
To write an acrostic poem, students can start by choosing a word or phrase that they want to use as the subject of the poem — or you might assign a word, such as Earth for Earth Day or Love for Valentine's Day. Next, you'll want to have students think about the different ways to use that word or phrase in a poem. Students should write their focus word (or phrase) vertically along the lefthand side of the page and then write a line for each letter of the word or phrase. Students can make the lines rhyme, or they can write them in free verse. The important thing is that the first letter of each line spells out the subject of the poem! Want to take the lesson further to expand on students' skills? Challenge them to use a different word in the acrostic and relate to the subject of the poem, or use metaphors and symbols to make the acrostic more evocative.

Why Teachers Should Be Using Acrostic Poetry With Kids

Wondering whether it's worth it to add this poetry form to your lesson planning to boost kids' writing skills? Aside from the fact that they're fun, consider all these benefits of acrostics! Acrostic poems are a fun and simple form of poetry that can:
  • Help students organize their thoughts and ideas in a creative way
  • Motivate kids to learn new vocabulary and practice spelling
  • Develop your students' sense of creativity and imagination
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