Acrostic Poem Pals

Acrostic Poem Pals lesson plan

Write colorful acrostic poems! It's easy with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers!

  • 1.

    Explain to students how to write an acrostic poem. Each letter in a word starts a new line of poetry. The text always describes the word. For example, the word SUN might have an acrostic poem lines that reads Shining, Ultraviolet, Not seen at night.

  • 2.

    Have students break into small groups. Each group selects a word as the acrostic poem theme word. Have students write the word with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers vertically along the left side of a dry-erase board. If they want to make a change--no problem! Simply use a facial tissue to erase and then rewrite.

  • 3.

    Students work together to come up with words or short phrases, related to the theme word, that begin with each letter of that word. Have students brainstorm a variety of ideas to decide which ones best fit the poem. Write each word or phrase next to the theme word letter.

  • 4.

    Each group takes turns presenting their poetry to the other groups in the class. Each student in the group could read one line in turn or in unison, for example.


  • LA: Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
  • LA: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
  • LA: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
  • VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Students can add simple drawings to the poem to assist with conveying ideas and emotions associated with the writing.
  • Use the same theme word for the entire class. Student groups will review the creative differences between each person's/group's interpretation of the same word.
  • Use the acrostic poem format to study new vocabulary words associated with a unit of study. This can extension can also be used for new words from a foreign language that students are studying.
  • Students in the upper elementary grades can use the acrostic poem format to visually illustrate key phrases from units of study. These can be made into a bulletin board in the classroom or acted out by members of the group and saved on video/classroom file for future viewing.
  • If an electronic painting program is available on classroom computers, students can transfer their acrostic poems to this program and save it to a classroom file for future viewing.