Poetry: Writing Cinquains

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Objective

SWBAT write Cinquain poems using the correct elements.

Big Idea

Understanding the elements of Cinquain poetry

Introduction

At the beginning of the unit, I give students a rough draft booklet, which contains a page for each type of poetry, along with its definition, and space to practice their own examples. I will ask them to have this booklet with them for each lesson.

 

I begin this lesson by showing students examples of Cinquain poems and asking them what they notice. I lead a discussion that allows them to come to the conclusion of what Cinquain poetry should be. Then, I share with them that the definition for Cinquain is a poem with five lines. They have two syllables in the first line, four in the second, six in the third, eight in the fourth line, and just two in the last line. They do not need to rhyme, but you can include rhymes if you want to. In our Cinquain poems, they can write about any topic as long as they include the proper elements. I model an example for them:

 

My Messy Room*

My room
is such a mess.
Toys all over the place.
Mom says, “Clean up!” But I like it
like this.

 

*Poem from poetryforkids.com

 

 

As today’s assignment, I ask kids to write two Cinquain poems that they will be able to choose from for the final draft later in the unit. Most kids will choose to write a few. I remind them that I will choose a few students to share so that they make sure to complete their task. 

Mini-Lesson

10 minutes

I begin this lesson by showing students examples of Cinquain poems and asking them what they notice. I lead a discussion that allows them to come to the conclusion of what Cinquain poetry should be. Then, I share with them that the definition for Cinquain is a poem with five lines. They have two syllables in the first line, four in the second, six in the third, eight in the fourth line, and just two in the last line. They do not need to rhyme, but you can include rhymes if you want to. In our Cinquain poems, they can write about any topic as long as they include the proper elements. I model an example for them:

 

My Messy Room*

My room
is such a mess.
Toys all over the place.
Mom says, “Clean up!” But I like it
like this.

 

*Poem from poetryforkids.com

 

 

As today’s assignment, I ask kids to write two Cinquain poems that they will be able to choose from for the final draft later in the unit. Most kids will choose to write a few. I remind them that I will choose a few students to share so that they make sure to complete their task. 

Guided Practice

45 minutes

Transition Time: Every day after the mini-lesson, students get 5 minutes of Prep Time to gather materials, find a comfy spot, use the bathroom, and anything else they might need to do to prepare for 30 minutes of uninterrupted Independent Writing.  

 

Guided Practice: Today, I would be calling writing groups to monitor their progress with the task, help students that are struggling, and allowing students to share their favorite parts with the group. This is also when I could find some strong examples that I will ask the authors to share during our lesson closing. 

Closing

5 minutes

The closing is the last five minutes of our Writer’s Workshop time, where we come back together to reinforce the day’s lesson and share some solid examples of the task. I call on the students that I’ve asked to share and they come to the front of the class to read their favorite Cinquain poem.