Kindness Acrostic Poems
Apollo Beach Elementary School

This character education on “kindness” will involve students understanding the definition of kindness & writing acrostic poems. The only background information necessary to carry out this lesson is for the teacher to be able to explain what an acrostic poem is and have example of acrostic poems for students to see. The purpose of the lesson is for students to practice kind statements about their classmates. By writing an acrostic poem about another student (who they have not chosen) it will force them to think about what they know about this person and recognize his/her attributes. Identifying synonyms for the work “Kindness” will help students think about various ways we show kindness to others on a daily basis. In addition, by writing a poem, as opposed to a narrative piece, students will practice expressing ideas in an unusual format that will require more creative thought. 

  • Students will be able to generate ideas from multiple sources (e.g. brainstorming, graphic organizer, group discussion).
  • Students will be able to use knowledge of antonyms and synonyms to determine meanings of words.
  • Students will be able to understand the distinguishing features among the common forms of literature (e.g. poetry)
  • Students will be able to respond to discuss, and reflect on various literary selections (e.g. poetry) connecting text to self; text to world, text to text.
  • Students will be able to write a variety of expressive forms (e.g. poetry).
  • Students will practice cooperative learning strategies while writing class poems with partners.
  • Students will practice democratic process of voting for poem that will represent their class view of "Kindness."
  • Card Stock
  • Markers (All optional - depending on what you want the poems to be written on.)
Opening discussion - Students will be told the character focus of today's lesson is "Kindness". Teacher will create a web on the board and students will offer synonyms for the word Kindness (ex. caring, loving, nice). Next, student will share various ways they have experienced kindness either shown to them or that they have performed for others. Students will be taught the meaning of an acrostic poem and shown several examples of these types of poems. Grades K-2 will then work collectively with the teacher to create a class "Kindness" acrostic poem. This poem will represent ideas that students have about how to show kindness at school. If more than one student has an idea for a particular letter (i.e. K-Keeps promises or K-Kids are nice) then the class will vote as to which statement they will use for their poem. Students in grades 3-5 will work with a shoulder buddy to create an acrostic poem. After a fixed amount of time (10 min.) all poems will be shared with the class. As with K-2, students will vote as to which statement they would prefer for their class poem. After completion of class the poem, students will be assigned the name of a classmate and instructed to develop an acrostic poem describing this student. (Students may not pick who they would like or trade names with another student). Teachers will check the rough draft of the student's poems to be sure all writings are appropriate and spelled correctly. After approval, the poems will be written on card stock, shared with the class and displayed in the hallway outside of the classroom for others to view. Assessment Completion of the acrostic poem will be in partners and individually will provide support as to whether the objectives have been met.
Completion of the acrostic poem will be in partners and individually will provide support as to whether the objectives have been met.