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Pirate Acrostic Poems

Overview

Acrostic poems are a really accessible style of poem that all children can find a way to succeed in. They can be kept very simple with just one word for each line, or made longer and more challenging with bringing in rhyming, rhythm and more meaning.

 

Intro

Follow the advice and examples with children to help them write an acrostic poem about pirates. It is a good chance to use their knowledge about pirates and any descriptive writing they have done for other activities in this pack.

 

What you need

  • Access to the guide and examples below
  • Pen and paper to write notes and poem
  • (Optional) any descriptive work children have already done on pirates through this topic pack
  • (Optional) colouring pens/pencils for decorating poem

 

What to do

  • Step 1: Learn about acrostic poems and look at examples
  • Step 2: Plan and write a pirate acrostic poem

 

Step 1: Learn about acrostic poems and look at examples

 

In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line spells out a word related to the topic. Acrostic poems do not have to rhyme, but they can if you want to.

 

Examples of pirate acrostic poems

I have used the word PIRATE in both of these examples, but one uses just single words to describe a pirate and the other has full lines that rhyme.

Plunderer
Ill-tempered
Rioter
Anarchist
Treasure-hunter
Enemy

 

Plundering treasures from those at sea
I am outside the law and I am free
Raucous and riotous, I leave them crying
Across the oceans, my black flag flying
Treasure islands are where I land
Emerald seas and golden sand

 

Step 2: Plan and write a pirate acrostic poem

 

Follow this guide to help you write a pirate acrostic poem.

  • First think of a word to use. You can use the word PIRATE as I have or a different word associated with pirates such as FLAG, PARROT, TREASURE etc. Or write it about a famous pirate like BLACKBEARD, MARY READ or CALICO JACK.
  • Next, think of words and phrases that begin with each of the letters of your chosen word. It might be another word to do with pirates, like I wrote Treasure islands for the letter T. It might be a word to describe something to do with pirates, like I wrote Emerald seas for the letter E when talking about treasure islands.
  • Try to think of at least two different things for each letter. 
  • Choose the best words from your notes and put them together to make an acrostic poem like in the examples above.
  • Tip: If you are struggling to think of a good word for one of your letters, use a describing word or a common word like every, the, or sometimes. For example, if I was writing about Mary Read and struggling to think of a good an E word, I might use Everyone’s afraid, or for R, I might write Really cunning.

If you have learnt about a particular aspect of pirate life from the other activities in this pack, use what you have found out and any descriptions you have written to help you write a poem about it.

Further ideas

Acrostic poems also make nice artwork. Once you have finished your poem, draw the first letters of the lines in big bubble writing and fill them in with patterns and colours. You could also add illustrations.