My students all knew about acrostics–but whoever taught them allowed them to write their acrostics with only one word per line–and each word was disconnected from the ones above and below. Their poems were mostly just lists. Like this:
Cute Adorable Territorial Sweeties
Dear grade school teachers of the world: that isn’t poetry. Don’t let students get away with it. Acrostics need to read like poems. So that’s your assignment. Write a non-sucky acrostic.
Can you hear A sound like The buzzing of pure joy? Such is a cat's purr. --S. Stowers