A Thanksgiving Acrostic

19 Nov

Holiday Acrostic

A first-year PSC student has been working with me to review the sounds each letter makes, put together words and word families, and look at how letter sounds and word meanings change depending on letter combinations.

We decided to create an acrostic for the upcoming holiday. If you are not familiar with this type of poem, please read “What is an acrostic?” and “How to write an acrostic.” Then, scroll down to see the acrostic that we worked on together. It is printed here with the student’s permission.

What is an acrostic?

An acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase. The word or phrase can be a name, a thing, or whatever you like.

Usually, the first letter of each line is capitalized in order to make the vertical word stand out.

This is a simple type of poetry to write because none of the words needs to rhyme and there is no pattern to the length or rhythm of each line–it can be long or short, the same or different.

How to create an acrostic:

  1. Decide what to write about.
  2. Write your word vertically.
  3. Brainstorm words or phrases that describe your idea.
  4. Place your brainstormed words or phrases on the lines that begin with the same letters.
  5. Fill in the rest of the lines to create a poem.
  6. Review your acrostic, making changes if you want.


Thanksgiving Acrostic

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