Acrostics are kind of like crossword puzzles mixed with poems. They're pretty much a literature geek's dream come true.
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Are you just plain sick of it? [Boy in bed with a thermometer in his mouth]
Well, that's too bad, because here's another one!
But never fear!
This one is pretty fun.
Well… [Poems skydiving]
We think all poems are fun.
To each his own.
Acrostic poems are just what they sound like – poems that go "across."
And that’s about all there is to it.
We forgot to do the explaining part, didn’t we? [Girl explaining acrostic poems]
All right, here goes.
An acrostic poem means a poem that takes one word and then uses each of the letters in
that word to spell out other words, so that the poem ends up looking sort of like a crossword [Coop teaching acrostic poem rules]
In case you can’t envision that perfectly in your head, let's check out an example.
How about we write an acrostic poem using the word “acrostic”?
First, we have to come up with a word that relates to the word “acrostic” and starts
with the first letter, A.
Since we think acrostic poems are amazing, let's use that. [Girl with thumbs up writing acrostic poem]
The words you choose can be words that remind you of the first word, or words that describe
how it makes you feel, or pretty much anything.
Come up with a word for each letter of your starting word, and you get something that
looks like this.
Acrostic: Amazing, Cool, Radical, Outstanding, Silly, Tricky, Imaginative, Clever.
Pretty neat, huh?
Of course, you don't have to always make each letter the first letter of your new words.
You can arrange your acrostic poem however you please, so that it uses whichever letters [Acrostic poem rearranged]
And if you're feeling extra-confident, you could even try to tell a story with it, like
this one about a vampire.
Even vampires make apple pie for dessert.
See how each word intersects with our main word, VAMPIRE, in different ways? [Vampire acrostic poem in a book]
You can do that, too, if you'd like.
The best part about acrostic poems is that they work with any word in the world. [Poems shaking hands with the Earth]
Seriously, scientists have yet to find a single word that can’t be acrosticized.
So give it a shot!
And if you’re suffering from a little writers’ block, technically, this counts: [A boy in class moving a writing block]
School School School School School School.
Though your teacher probably won’t like it very much. [Boy hands teacher acrostic poem]