Acrostic Poems & 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 Because of Winn Dixie.)

  • 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.


  • Display the sample Acrostic poem for student reference. 

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

  • Allow students to work with a partner.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic.