Acrostic Poems and Comprehension

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Summarizing skills and comprehension through Poetry

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will write Acrostic poems to demonstrate their comprehension of a literature selection.

Know Before You Start: This activity can be used as a formative or summative assessment. This lesson works great as part of a literature or after reading a short story.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic based on the character Opal from the book Because of Winn Dixie. Students do not need to be familiar with the book.

  • Ask students what they notice about each panel in the comic. Each panel has a phrase or sentence that starts with a letter of Opal’s name.

  • Explain that the comic shows an Acrostic Poem. This is a fun way to remember key ideas and details about a character in a book or story. 

  • Model how to write a simple Acrostic poem using a familiar character and story.


  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create their own Acrostic poem comics based on a character in the literature they have read in class. 

  • Encourage students to think about key ideas, details, themes, and important information that should be included in the poems.


  • Provide an opportunity for students to share their Acrostic poems with other students. 

  • Provide feedback to students about their finished comics.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Display the sample Acrostic poem for student reference.

  • Create an anchor chart of necessary components of an acrostic poem. 

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.


  • Comic to print or display