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ABC or Alphabet Poem Lesson

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 2/8/2012

Teach students how to write an ABC or Alphabet Poem. This type of poetry is a simple format for middle school or elementary school students to write.

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    ABC & Alphabet Poetry Lesson

    Teaching students to write poetry can be easy. One simple type of poem for elementary or middle school students to write is an ABC or Alphabet poem. These two types of poems are a variation of the basic use of the alphabet with poetry.

    ABC Poem

    An ABC poem has five lines that create a feeling, mood or imagery. Each line is made up of phrases. The first word of line one begins with an A. The second line begins with a B. The third line begins with a C. The fourth line begins with a D. The fifth line begins with an E. However, there are variations of this poem. The writer can begin with any letter in the alphabet and use the next five letters in the alphabet to start each line of their poem.

    Example ABC Poem:

    Summer Mud

    All the mud squishes

    Between my dirty little toes

    Clods of dirt swirling and bobbing

    Draining towards the mucky steam, creating

    Eddies in the rain-swollen ditch after a summer storm

    Alphabet Poem

    The alphabet poem uses all 26 letters in the alphabet. Students need to write all of the letters of the alphabet on the left side of their paper. Then for each letter, they need to write a phrase that focus on a single topic. Or, they can write a narrative poem using the Alphabet Poem format. Students need to be creative and keep focused on their topic.

    Make Final Copies

    Once students have completed a rough draft of their ABC or Alphabet Poem, they need to illustrate the poem. Pictures, clipart, stickers and/or stencils can add creativity and fun to the pieces. Teachers need to have markers, colored pencils, stencils and clipart books available for this part of the process.

    Once the final copies are complete, students can share their poems with the class. Then, the completed alphabet poems can be displayed in the classroom.