Acrostic poems are a form of poetry that is made up with the first letter of each line spelling out a word, phrase, or sentence when read vertically. The acrostic form is one of the most popular and time-tested forms in poetry. All it takes is a word and a great poem can come out of it!
Benefits of Acrostic Poem
An acrostic is a type of poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase, usually the subject, word, or phrase, when read vertically. The benefits of using an acrostic poem are that they are easy to write and easily memorized. The first acrostics originated in the 16th century. Acrostic poems take no resources to write, no research needed. Self expression is key with acrostic poems, anyone can do it! No special writing skills are needed.
Example of Acrostic Poem
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost uses the letters from each line to sell out the phrases: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both. Another person known for his acrostic poetry was Edgar Allen Poe.
Poetry for Kids
Why teach kids about poetry? It’s important to teach kids about poetry to let them have other ways of expressing themselves. It teaches them various ways to be creative and to express themselves. You can write acrostic poems about anything. It doesn’t have to be complex, simple ideas are just as good. Kids could make an entire acrostic poem about their love for something as simple as ice cream. All it has to do is follow the rules of this type of poem and they can make something very interesting.
Reading and writing activities are ways to introduce poetry. This will help in their creativity and overall writing skills. Poetry is for all ages. It doesn’t have to be William Shakespeare or Robert Frost, it just needs to be from your heart and that’s all!
These worksheets are great for K and up as there are simple three-letter words that are easier to start with before moving up. Most worksheets include a selection to draw a picture and the words include everyday to holiday words. Now includes 33 worksheets.