An acrostic poem is a type of poem that uses a word vertically relating to a particular topic or theme. Each phrase of the poem should relate to the original word.
This type of poem is a great way to start beginning writing, because it can be simple or complex. Here's an example of a simple acrostic poem for the name Sally.
Writing acrostic poetry can help students to think about new subject matter. For example, my daughter wrote a poem about the Amazon River for Social Studies. What a creative way to learn!
The Amazon River
Animals by its side
Zig Zags through Brazil
Nile is slightly shorter
Is the longest river in South America
Vacant is not in its vocabulary
By Sunshine (age 9)My other daughter read a story about fireflies for Language Arts and was asked to write an acrostic poem about fireflies. She adores writing, so was excited to do this project.
Flashing green lightI think they are prettyRaining all day, they think it's a pityEverywhere they go, I see a lightFlashing so fiery, just like the nightLight glows like the moonYes, they are fireflies
So what do you think- do I have two inspiring poets on my hands? Well, I thought I'd give it a shot with a different subject matter. So, presenting my Science poem about Magnets...By Peanut (age 7)
Attracts iron and steel
Greece-origin of word
Never without its magnetic field
Earth- a large magnet
Two poles, north and south
Create an Acrostic poem online at Read,Write, Think!
What type of poetry do your kids like to write?