Language ArtsStudents will use the simple cinquain format to write a poem that describes a holiday celebration or special event.
What You Need
- My Cinquain (PDF file)
What to Do
- Write this poem on the board:
Purring, playing, sleeping
Friends when you need them
- Ask students what they notice about this poem. They may notice that the first and the last lines are a single word. The first line contains the topic of the poem and the fifth line contains a word that is either a synonym for the topic or that expresses something about it. The second line consists of two adjectives that describe the topic. The third line contains two verbs ending with “-ing” that go with the topic. The fourth line is a short phrase about it.
- Explain to students that this form of a poem is called a cinquain, because it has five lines and “cinq” is the French word for “five.”
- As a class, write a cinquain about a holiday or event that is coming up.
- Pass out copies of the My Cinquain worksheet. Have students write holiday poems of their own.
- Go around the room having students read their poems. If students had trouble coming up with words to complete their poem, have the class help out.