Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Synonym, Adjective, Verb: Put Them In A Cinquain - Section 3: Introduce the Poem


I'm glad I took the time to really explain how the cinquain was set up. We talked about the parts of speech (adjectives, verbs, synonyms) as well as the syllables in each line. I had not thought of this, but one of my students noticed that the lines didn't all have numbers. She was inferring there was a pattern, which was good, but not accurate.

Teachers can't always predict what the students are thinking, so these open discussions, visuals and time spent discussing how the authors intent and purpose is time well spent - going over what the parts of the poem are and clearing up misconceptions. 

These discussions about the parts of speech, taken in the context of literature, are meant to help students take what they know (a verb shows action, an adjective describes things), and generalize them across situations. The Common Core Standards recognize that students need to be able to identify and name parts of speech in sentences, but also asks them to use them to analyze and create pieces of literature - demonstrating a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.2.1) An additional look at suffixes (-ing), helps students examine how the tense affects the poetry. (RF.2.3d)

  Discourse and Questioning: Students predict all of the lines have numbers
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Synonym, Adjective, Verb: Put Them In A Cinquain

Unit 14: Poetry-Rhythm, Rhyme, Repeated Words-Let's Look at Different Kinds of Poetry
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT read and write words with common suffixes and prefixes, as well as adjectives and adverbs in poetry.

Big Idea: Use the parts of speech to read and write fun cinquains.

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, synonym, Poetry, 2nd Grade, verbs, cinquain, adjective, rhythm, suffix
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