Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Acrostic poems may seem simple, but they have an interesting history. This lesson guides you through teaching your students about the origin and meaning behind acrostic poems, view examples, then have them give it a try.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and define acrostic poetry
  • explain the history of acrostic poetry
  • create an original acrostic poem


  • 50 minutes


  • Samples of acrostic poems
  • Paper
  • Art supplies as needed

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.10

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