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Acrostic Poetry

Farica King
Santa Rosa District Schools


Using newspapers or magazines, students create an acrostic poem where words are divided into parts of speech.


The student uses various parts of speech correctly in written work (including but not limited to subject and verb agreement, common noun and pronoun agreement, possessive forms, the comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs).

The student knows ways effective word choice, uses of dialect and sensory or figurative language contribute to the mood or meaning of a poem.


-Sample acrostic poem
-Cardstock or construction paper


1. Create/locate sample acrostic poems.
2. Download Acrostic Poetry: Mood/Meaning file. Create an overhead transparency of this file.
3. Gather paper, scissors, glue, magazines and/or newspapers.


1. Lead class in discussion of mood/meaning of poetry. Share examples of poetry with a variety of mood/meanings.

2. Share sample acrostic poems with class. Discuss mood/meaning of each poem using an overhead transparency created from the attached file.

3. Provide students with cardstock or construction paper.

4. Have students create a title for the acrostic. (Ideas include using the student's name, selecting a holiday or current event, etc.)

5. Instruct students to make four columns across their papers.

6. Instruct students to print the headings, -ADJECTIVE-, -NOUN, -VERB-, -ADVERB- at the top of each column. (Students do not have to have a word for each part of speech. They may pick and choose as long as all parts of speech are represented at some point in the poem.)

7. Provide each student with scissors, glue, magazines and/or newspapers.

8. Instruct students to locate words in their newspapers/magazines that match the part of speech. The word should also match the beginning letter of each row. Students should then cut out the word and glue into place.


Evaluate each student's poem to determine if the student:
a) used word choice to contribute to the mood/meaning of the poem
b) placed word in correct part of speech column
c) created a catchy title for the poem
d) created columns and labeled as directed


This is a great beginning of the year activity. Use the title, What's In a Name? to have students create an acrostic poem reflecting their identities. This is a great way for students to get to know each other!

Attached Files

Acrostic Poetry: Mood and Meaning.     File Extension: pdf

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