Unit Plan
Acrostic Poems/Alliteration


Objective: TLW increase vocabulary awareness, discover the definition of alliteration, and write acrostic poems using alliteration.


1. TTW use Alliteration Booklist and gather at least one book from library as examples. (This would be fun, but is not essential for the lesson.)  Book list taken from read.write.think website:   http://www.readwrite.think.org/lesson_images/lesson807/booklist.pdf

2. TTW present the following website on the projector as an introduction to the lesson.This  site introduces the basics of alliteration:


3. The following site contains more examples of alliteration and allows for differentiation for students who need more examples.
A test is included on the site.


4. TLW use the Alliteration brainstorming guide to practice locating words starting with the same letter. Online dictionaries can be used as well as regular dictionaries or a thesaurus. Assign each student  a different letter of the alphabet.


Online dictionary:  http://www.m-w.com/
Online thesaurus: http://thesaurus.reference.com/

5. Using the brainstorming page, the students will create a class Alphabet or Animal Alliteration book (Animals All Around by Maurice Sendak) . Each student will design a page for their letter. They should draw a picture that takes up half of the page .  The picture should be nicely colored. The page  should also include one line of alliteration with four words (animal, name, place, food) as listed on the brain storming topic.     TTW put the pages together for a class book which can be laminated, put into book form, and kept in class.                                  Alliteration Brain Storming Page

6. TTW introduce acrostic poetry by viewing the examples of fourth grade work online: Acrostic Poetry Quilt from Ms. Birnbaum’s Fourth Grade Class.


7. TLW write an acrostic poem for their first name using alliteration as part of a class book. They should decorate their page appropriately. It would be possible for students to use the acrostic poems website to create the acrostics online during a center activity.  A list of character traits is provided as a guide for students.

Online Acrostic website: http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/acrostic

List of character traits for ideas:   http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson807/traits-list.pdf

This is a student self check list for writing the acrostic .   http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson807/checklist.pdf

8. Create a center activity by having the students to use the Acrostic Poetry Web Explorer.(class activity at computer lab)


9. TLW use alliteration to create a tongue twister, which they may share with the class.


10. TLW apply knowledge of alliteration and acrostic poetry to other subject areas by creating acrostics in other subject areas.

11. Advanced students can create a diamante poem using this website:


V. Martinez, 2007

Documents and websites were obtained through the Read Write Think website  http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=807 and