Cinquain

Language Arts

Students will use the simple cinquain format to write a poem that describes a favorite object.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Write this poem on the board:
    • Cats
    • Furry, friendly
    • Purring, playing, sleeping
    • Friends when you need them
    • Pets
  2. 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 three verbs ending with -ing that go with the topic. The fourth line is a short phrase about the topic.
  3. Explain to students that this form of poem is called a cinquain, because it has five lines and “cinq” is the French word for “five.”
  4. Have students suggest topics for poems. Pick one and write a cinquain about it as a class.
  5. Pass out copies of the Cinquain worksheet. Have students write poems of their own.
  6. Go around the room, having students read their poems. If a student had trouble coming up with words to complete the poem, have the class help out.

Extension

Have students illustrate their poems and hang them around the room to celebrate Poetry Month.