Acrostic Poetry Writing Activity: Snowball Collaborative Writing

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This acrostic poetry writing activity is a fun way to shake up your poetry unit with some collaborative writing. The snowball writing method will engage even your most reluctant writers and engage them in poetry writing in a low-stress and fun way. This activity combines collaboration and acrostic poetry, and you will be amazed at what your students will create.


How the acrostic poetry writing activity works:

  1. Print the 30 pages included in this resource and distribute them to your students randomly. Each student receives a page with a unique acrostic poetry writing topic!
  2. Provide students with 2-4 minutes to write the first line of the acrostic poem.
  3. Students write their name beside their writing, crumple up the paper into a ball, and throw it to the front of the classroom This will lead to instant engagement! Everyone goes to the front of the classroom to retrieve a different “snowball” and returns to their desks.
  4. The next student reads what has been written so far on the new topic and contributes the second line! They again crumple their paper, throw it, and retrieve a new one. This process is continued until all poems are done.
  5. After the poem is done, it is returned to the first writer who completes a good copy of the collaborative acrostic poem.


Included in this acrostic poetry writing activity:

  • Detailed teacher instructions for how to implement this collaborative poetry writing activity in the classroom. The instructions include tips for running this successfully so that you receive high-quality acrostic poems.
  • 30 Different acrostic poetry writing pages with a variety of high-interest topics.


Skills addressed in this resource:

  • Creative Writing: This acrostic poetry writing activity allows students to use their imagination and creativity to develop their own poetry.
  • Collaboration: Students must work together to form a poem that is understandable and meaningful.
  • Problem-solving: Students are limited to a specific initial letter with the acrostic poem format, so they must use their problem-solving skills to develop lines of poetry that flow with previous lines written.


What teachers are saying about using this acrostic poetry writing activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I used this with a group of students who benefit from frequent movement. Being able to crumple paper, throw it, and then chase down a new one let them be active while still providing a purpose and encouraging some writing. They really enjoyed it. Thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an amazing resource! The kids were so engaged and as a class, we created some incredible acrostic poems - thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was slightly nervous that my students would not be able to handle throwing papers around, but they had the best time! It was a great way to add some physical engagement to the lesson. Thank you!



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