Acrostic poems are one of the simplest ways to introduce children to the world of poetry. In this form of poetry, they get an opportunity to play with words and create little poems without worrying about the rhyming words. It also encourages them to imagine things and practice writing skills. Keep reading the post to know more about acrostics and acrostic poems for kids.
What Is An Acrostic?
An acrostic can be defined as a simple section of writing in which the first letter of the line, word, or paragraph spells a name or a phrase with a special significance to the given context. Acrostics are often written vertically in poetry style, but some people like to use them in prose or word puzzles.
The most common type of acrostic is formed by using the first letters of each line. Apart from this, we can experiment by keeping the letters in different positions. When placed elsewhere in a line apart from vertical, it forms a hidden code.
The word that is usually spelled out in an acrostic is termed ‘acrostich.’ It carries a specific meaning in the content—could be the poem’s subject or its author. Acrostic poems are usually free verses with or without rhyme. Hence they are easy for children to learn. Also, every line can be as long or short as you want.
How Do You Teach An Acrostic Poem?
Here are a few simple steps to follow for creating an acrostic poem.
- First, you need to decide the topic.
- Write down the word vertically in upper case letters.
- Think of words and phrases that describe your idea with precision. The words can be nouns, adjectives, verbs, or adverbs that depend on the child’s thinking ability.
- Now, choose the words or phrases that fit in the given context and place them appropriately.
- Next, fill in the rest of the lines to create your poem.
- As an optional step, children can also illustrate their idea or concept.
- Lastly, the words’ length depends on the children’s age and their comfort in creating a poem. For example, younger children prefer to write an acrostic poem with three or four-letter words, whereas older ones might prefer to write more lines.
10 Acrostics Poems For Kids
Let us go through a few simple acrostic poems that you can teach your children.
1. A F-R-I-E-N-D
F is for the fun we had together
R is for the relaxing time we shared together
I is for the interesting moments we had
E is for the entertaining time we spent
N is for the never-ending friendship that we’ll have
D is for the days we’ll never forget.
You never stop listening to all my troubles.
Your advice and sympathy helped me move on.
You made me forget the pain that crushed my heart.
You were my pain relief.
Now, after all this,
I have learned so much from you,
And I want the world to know.
How lucky I am
To have a friend like you.
2. B – Is For Birthday
H – is for the Happiest of all days
A – is for All the wishes and praise
P – is for the Presents you’ll open with delight
P – is for the Party that will last into the night
Y – is for the Year leading up to your day
B – is for the Balloons a celebration they’ll say
I – is for the Ice cream to have with your cake
R – is for the Ribbons and decorations you’ll make
T – is for the Theme you’ll decided to throw
H – is for the Hats made with confetti and a bow
D – is for the Day you know will be fun
A – is for Another great year that is done
Y – is for Your special day
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Hip-hip-hooray!
—Erika L. Shields
F- Friends are precious gifts
R- Rare and hard to find
I- Invisible when life is good.
E- Ever near when your sun doesn’t shine
N- Nothing is ever too much
D- Distance never too far
S- Standing by your side when your dreams have passed you by
—John P. Read
4. An Acrostic
Elizabeth, it is in vain you say
‘Love not’ — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L. E. L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! If that language from thy heart arise,
Breathe it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect when Luna tried.
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His folly — pride — and passion — for he died.
—Edgar Allan Poe
5. Acrostic: Georgiana Augusta Keats
Give me your patience, sister, while I frame
Exact in capitals your golden name;
Or sue the fair Apollo, and he will
Rouse from his heavy slumber and instill
Great love in me for thee and Poesy.
Imagine not that greatest mastery.
And kingdom over all the Realms of verse,
Nears more to heaven in aught than when we nurse
And surety give to love and Brotherhood.
Anthropophagi in Othello’s mood;
Ulysses storm’d and his enchanted belt.
Glow with the Muse, but they are never felt.
Unbosom’d so and so eternal made,
Such tender incense in their laurel shade
To all the regent sisters of the Nine
As this poor offering to you, sister mine.
Kind sister! Aye, this third name says you are;
Enchanted has it been the Lord knows where;
And may it taste to you like good old wine,
Take you to real happiness and give
Sons, daughters, and a home-like honied hive.
6. Acrostic: Little Maidens, When You look
Little maidens, when you look.
On this little story-book,
Reading with attentive eye.
Its enticing history,
Never think that hours of play.
Are your only HOLIDAY,
And that in a HOUSE of joy.
Lessons serve but to annoy:
If in any HOUSE you find
Children of a gentle mind,
Each the others pleasing ever–
Each the others vexing never–
Daily work and pastime daily
In their order taking gaily–
Then be very sure that they
Have a life of HOLIDAY.
7. Another Acrostic ( In The Style Of Father William )
“Are you deaf, Father William!” the young man said,
“Did you hear what I told you just now?
“Excuse me for shouting! Don’t waggle your head.
“Like a blundering, sleepy old cow!
“A little maid dwelling in Wallington Town,
“Is my friend, so I beg to remark:
“Do you think she’d be pleased if a book were sent down
“Entitled ‘The Hunt of the Snark?’”
“Pack it up in brown paper!” the old man cried,
“And seal it with olive-and-dove.
“I command you to do it!” he added with pride,
“Nor forget, my good fellow, to send her beside.
“Easter Greetings, and give her my love.”
8. The Universe (An Acrostic)
On days in between
Only the new and
Not often blue
Shining in the sky
Twinkling bright in my eye
Always glowing like a Firefly.
Radiating splendor from high
Shining sparkles never die.
—Theodora (Theo) Onken
9. Acrostic Poems
E-arth shudders on its hinge
A-ll experience that terrific punch
R-oads crack and traffic stops
T-remors rock, and havoc wreaks
H-orror strikes and rubble heaps
Q-uest to save the trapped turns in vain
U-nder the rubble, men scream in pain
A-fter shocks and seismic waves
K-illing thousands, the disaster leaves
E-ngulfing gloom swallows the Earth
S-ky high dreams, shattered in death
G-hastly noises heard around.
H-aunted houses with thickets surround
O-ld castles where mysteries abound
S-tarved faces greatly confound
T-errible bats worse than hounds
S-trong and swift the wind blows
T-wirling and twisting delicate blooms
O-rchards strewn with fruits- ripe n’ raw
R-ain and thunder snarl and growl
M-aking the sea suddenly shriek and howl
10. Acrostic (Environment)
Everyone should care
No one should ignore a world so
Vital and green
Inviting and teeming with life. Mother earth
Revolves around our respect, how we take
Ownership of our actions; and
Never forget our inheritance. We must
Mind our responsibility and pass along
Every moment of beauty bestowed upon us
Nurture a green future for our children, and
Try to preserve Mother Nature’s gift to us all.
11. Water (Acrostic)
Water is my favorite drink,
At times the best thing to quench a thirst.
That comes to me suddenly,
Even though it’s abundantly available
Refined, pure specimens are sold in shops.
12. Acrostic (Science)
I-n many varied ways to
e-mpirically test the physical world around us.
13. Homework (Acrostic)
Homework is such a bore
Others never do it
My parents make me
Everyday I get a ton
Way too much to get done
Occasionally I have none
Really though, I’ll get the teachers back
Knock some sense into them
14. My Father
F is for Friendly; with him, fun times I share
A is for Amazing; his heart is full of compassion and care
T is for Truthful; his values have helped me stand tall
H is for Helpful; his generosity is valued by all
E is for Encouraging; his confidence in me stays strong
R is for Reliable; he has been there for me lifelong
—Nandita Shailesh Shanbhag
15. The Poetry Masters
This is to all the great Master Poets of art,
Having the skills, the words, and the smarts.
Emotions you’ve captured, the thoughts you provoked.
Pouring your heart out with pen in your hand,
Orchestrating your words like no one can.
Elizabeth Browning, Dickinson, Shakespeare, and Poe,
Twain and Frost – these great ones, you know.
Reflecting on their works, which have brought us to tears.
Yes, yearning for more, we felt all their fears.
Masterfully crafted their words – they can fool,
Artists on paper, their pen is their tool.
Strategy playing with rhythm and rhymes,
Touching our hearts and enriching our minds.
Experts and masters, their poems live on.
Reflecting on your memory now that you’re gone.
So, thanks for your poetry. I leave with this thought, “How do I Love Thee?”
—Debra L. Brown
There is no rule about writing an acrostic poem, and children can write about anything around them or whatever they see. You can encourage them to use their imagination to pen down a thoughtful acrostic poem. These poems are much fun to conceptualize and easy to create. Motivate them to give it a try and see their creative juices flowing.
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