Pizza Poetry Blog Post #2: Acrostic Poem Bookmarks

Teachers: Want to incorporate Pizza Poetry into your classroom, but not sure where to get started? From now until April 7th, we'll be posting bi-weekly poetry writing prompts here on our blog! Remember, anyone ages 6-18 in Greater New Orleans can submit poetry to be published on a pizza box. And don't forget: the deadline to submit poetry is April 7th.

Acrostic Poem Bookmarks

Materials: Cardstock or blank bookmarks, colored pencils or crayons, adjective handout (optional), list of well-known literary characters for inspo (optional).

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.

A n acrostic poem
C reates a challenge

R andom words on a theme
O r whole sentences that rhyme
S elect your words carefully
T o form a word from top to bottom
I s the aim of this poetry style
C hoose a word and then go!

First, brainstorm descriptive adjectives as a class. Then, choose a familiar character such as Spongebob, Mickey Mouse or Cinderella. Alternatively, you could use a character from a class reading. Then students should feel comfortable choosing their own characters and adjectives. Once students are satisfied with their poems they should copy down their acrostic poems on their blank bookmarks! For higher grades challenge the students to write descriptive sentences using alliteration!

M agical
A ffable
T alented
I ntelligent
L oyal
D aring
A dmirable

M ysteriously makes magic
A lways attentive to adults
T ricked the terrible Trunchbull

I ntelligently investigated the FBI  
L oyal to Lavender
D aughter of a dishonest dad and miserable mom
A uspiciously, she always asked why!