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Acrostic Poetry

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School History, Language Arts

Students will:
• Create an acrostic poem by making one using a Medal of Honor recipient as a focus.

Medal of Honor Focus: Hiroshi Miyamura, Corporal, U.S. Army, Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / Korean War

Introductory Activity:
Review the process of creating an acrostic poem. The teacher will introduce the lesson by explaining
that an acrostic poem does not rhyme and has no syllable count. An acrostic poem uses all letters
in a topic word. All of the lines of the poem should relate to or describe the word.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will guide the class to make an acrostic poem about a commonly known person and
place it on the board.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
The students will randomly select a Medal of Honor recipient from an envelope (these are pre-selected
by the teacher from the Medal of Honor website or book). The students will then research their recipient
and create an acrostic poem based on the first and last name of the recipient.

Whole Group Activity:
Students will post their poems in the room. In a gallery walk format, the students will walk around
the classroom and view all poems.

Concluding Activity:
Using a note card, students will explain why they chose the words and descriptions that make up
their acrostic poem.

Poem, note card

Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.

Sample acrostic poem (included)

Extended activity:
Students will select a poem, not their own, and make inferences about the recipient.

Quote: "Life on this earth is short but precious. Strive to do good for others and enjoy doing it." - Joseph C. Rodriguez, Army-Korean War

Sample Acrostic Poem

In Their Own Words - Hiroshi Miyamura