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Building Classroom Community Through the Exploration of Acrostic Poetry

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access and connection to a printer

  • LCD display monitor (optional)

  • Several print thesauri (optional)

  • Acrostic Poetry Booklist

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Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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1. Gather some samples of acrostic poems using the Acrostic Poetry Booklist.

2. Preview online samples of acrostic poems by visiting Acrostic Poems for Children and Acrostic Poetry Quilt from Ms. Birnbaum's Fourth Grade Class. Students will access these sites independently during the lesson, so it is a good idea to bookmark them on your classroom computers.

3. Bookmark the Acrostic Poems tool on your classroom computers. This interactive tool will assist students in writing their acrostic poems. (If you experience difficulty, make sure that computers have the most recent version of the Flash plug-in, which can be downloaded for free from the ReadWriteThink Site Tools page.)

4. Photocopy a class set of the Acrostic Poetry Web Explorer worksheet, the Brainstorming Template, and the Student Checklist. Make a transparency of the template and checklist for the shared writing session as well.

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