Acrostic poems are easy to write, and some of the easiest acrostic poems use names. Try this exercise: Write your name vertically on a piece of paper or type it vertically on your computer. For this example, we’ll pretend your name is Joe.
Now think of a word or a phrase that describes you that begins with the letter J. Then think of a word or phrase that begins with O. Finally, think of a word or phrase that begins with E. Here’s what your acrostic poem might look like:
After you’ve written an acrostic poem using your name, try writing poems with other words, such as “football,” “horse,” or “summer.” For a real challenge, see if you can make the acrostic poem tell a story rather than just describe the word you chose. These examples may get your creative juices flowing:
Anchovies (from a pizza I wouldn’t eat)
Grapes (too ripe to eat)
Emptying the stinking bag (my job)
Dots from Mason
(source: Bruce Lansky © 2002)
Here is another example by Kaitlyn Guenther about PUMPKIN:
Piles of candy
Under the bed
Make for a delicious snack
It”s been Halloween because
No one is without candy.
Have fun writing!