Writing a Spirit of Cricket Acrostic Poem
Activity Writing a Spirit of Cricket Acrostic Poem
Curriculum Area English
NC Objectives English En1 1e), 2d), 8a) & 9a) and En2 4f), 4g), 4h), 4i) & 8c) and En3 1), 2), 3), 4), 5a), 9d), 11) & 12).

Main learning objective

To write poems based on the structure and style of poems read.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 20 minutes
  • Carry out shared reading of ‘Sport Acrostic Poems’ in the Supporting Material section of the module as a class. Identify any patterns of ‘alternate line rhyme’ and ‘rhyming couplets’ and the specific type of poetry.
  • Use the title ‘A Cricket Acrostic’ to carry out shared writing for a class acrostic poem for this topic.


Main Activity 30 Minutes
  • Split the class in to groups and provide each group with ‘The acrostic poem letters’ activity.
  • Set the pupils the task of writing their own spirit of cricket acrostic poem based on the spirit of cricket. Each member in the group must be responsible for one of the letters and depending on the group size maybe 2 or 3 letters. Try to write more than just a line per letter and almost create individual poems per letter. The children will probably need to plan at the start to decide who will cover each aspect of the spirit of cricket.
  • The class could also use ‘Examples of cricket etiquette’ and ‘The spirit of cricket information’ in the Supporting Material section.


Plenary 10 Minutes
  • Move around the class and allow pupils to read their poems aloud to the class. They must stand up in the correct order or stick the acrostic letters on to the board and the children just read the individual poems in order.
  • The rest of the class listen and give feedback in relation to the acrostic and the content.


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