Lesson Plan

Acrostic Poetry

Colorful, creative acrostic poetry - educational and fun!
Kristin L.
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Students will be able to...

  • learn about poetry
  • recognize an acrostic poem
  • create an acrostic poem
  • extend their critical thinking skills

This project can span several subjects.  While writing poetry is a major component of ELA, students could use terms they are learning in Science, Social Studies, Math, etc... as the basis for their acrostic poem.

English Language Arts
poetry and spoken word
Social Studies
Grades 2 - 4
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Provide various examples of poetry for students to look at, read and compare.  Discuss how each style of poetry is different.  

Bring students focus to the acrostic poetry.  Have students talk about what an acrostic poem is and how they are created.

Brainstorm on word they might use for their acrostic poem.


2 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Have students select their term and begin writing their acrostic poem on paper.

Talk about images and design and have students begin thinking about what images they could use to represent their words.  Encourage "out of the box thinking" and have students work in pairs to help each other gather ideas for their projects.

3 Independent Practice

Have students use the PicCollage app to create their acrostic poem.

1. Open the Pic Collage for Kids app and choose to create a new “Freestyle” collage.

2. You can search for the letters of your word using Pic Collage’s Web search tool (type “letter ?”) or use a bubble letter sticker tool.

3. Add text, stickers and a background to complete your acrostic.

4. Add a selfie or a picture of the word (have students go on a scavenger hunt around the room/school - if appropriate - to photograph the subject of their acrostic) by using the iPad camera.

5. Export final poem to the camera roll.

6.  Have students upload their picture (from camera roll) to Google Drive.

4 Wrap Up

To publish their work, have students share their work using GoogleDrive, Google Classroom or SeeSaw.

Optional:  print out collages for other classrooms to view - use acrostic poems as a part of your word wall or vocabulary charts!