Words = Acrostic!

WHAT IS AN ACROSTIC?

Anyone can create an original poem, especially an ACROSTIC.   As a follow-up writing activity to The Right Word, let’s explore creating an acrostic poem.

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 often use their own first name, or sometimes the first name of a friend.

Begin by capitalizing the first letter of each line.  It is easier for children to see the original word spelled vertically down the page.

Acrostics are easy to rhyme and each line can be as long or as short as you want.

CREATING AN ACROSTIC

  1. Choose a word you want as your focus.
  2. Write the word vertically, capitalizing each letter.
  3. On another sheet of paper write down everything (words and/or phrases) that reminds you of or describes the word you chose.
  4. Check to see if any of the words you wrote down on your brainstorming sheet begins with the letters in your word.

The easiest poem for a child is write is something that they love – something they know a lot about.    For instance, boys usually choose a sports topic.

Grandfather With Son And Grandson Playing Baseball

Grandfather With Son And Grandson Playing Baseball

A BASEBALL ACROSTIC

B
A
S
E
B
A
L
L
While brainstorming, I came up with:  catcher, bat, bases, pitcher, stands, popcorn, coach, outfield, and umpire.

Baseball

Being a baseball player doesn’t mean I
Always
Score.  But I do
Enjoy choosing my favorite
Bat. Running bases, and eating buttered popcorn.
Also, I
Love catching a pop up to
Left field

Children might also enjoy writing about something they don’t like, like chores and being sick.

Enjoy!

 

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