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I can write an Acrostic Poem

 

Choose your challenge:

 

Tricky - Write an acrostic poem about the summer. I have included a word mat to help to get you started.

 

Trickier - Create an acrostic poem about something that you like.

 

Trickiest - Create an acrostic poem which includes rhyme. Think about the rhythm and flow of the poem by reading it aloud. Use the BBC link below to help you with this.

 

 

What is an Acrostic?

 

Acrostics are a fun poetic form that anyone can write. They have just a few simple rules, and this lesson will teach you how to create acrostic poems of your own.

To begin with, an acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase. The word or phrase can be a name, a thing, or whatever you like. When children write acrostics, they will often use their own first name, or sometimes the first name of a friend.

Usually, the first letter of each line is capitalized. This makes it easier to see the word spelled out vertically down the page.

 

Acrostics are easy to write because they don’t need to rhyme, and you don’t need to worry about the rhythm of the lines. Each line can be as long or as short as you want it to be.

 

Creating an Acrostic in Five Easy Steps

 

To create an acrostic, follow these five easy steps:

  1. Decide what to write about.
  2. Write your word down vertically.
  3. Brainstorm words or phrases that describe your idea.
  4. Place your brainstormed words or phrases on the lines that begin with the same letters.
  5. Fill in the rest of the lines to create a poem.

 

 

Now let me show you how to follow these steps.

 

 

The first step is to decide what you would like to write an acrostic poem about. This could be about the summer, a place you enjoy or maybe a hobby that you have.

 

 

An Ice Cream Acrostic

For example, I especially like ice cream, so I decided to write an acrostic about ice cream. Begin by writing the word “ICE CREAM” down the page like this:

I
C
E 

C
R
E
A
M

 

 

Next, you want to say something about ice cream in each line. A good way to do this is to “brainstorm” lots of ideas. I wrote down a list of all the ice cream flavors I could think of, including chocolate chip, strawberry, rocky road, and others. Then I put them in a list wherever they would fit, like this:

 

 

Ice Cream

I
Cookies & Cream
English Toffee

Chocolate Chip
Rocky Road
E
Almond Fudge
M

 

 

You’ll notice that I didn’t fill in all of the lines. That’s because I couldn’t think of a flavor that started with “I” and I could only think of one flavor that started with “E.” Also, I thought I would do something different with the last line, to make it an ending for the poem, rather than just another flavor.

Finally, I filled in the missing lines, like this:

 

 

Ice Cream

 

I love every flavour
Cookies & Cream
English Toffee

Chocolate Chip
Rocky Road
Even Strawberry and
Almond Fudge
My favourite.

 

 

 

 

SPaG - Create your own word search using your poetry key words. Can someone in your family solve it?

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