Reflection: Student Feedback Synonym, Adjective, Verb: Put Them In A Cinquain - Section 5: Write One Yourself


This unit, surprisingly, has been one of my kids' favorites!  I have never taught a whole unit on poetry, choosing instead to weave it into other literature units. The kids have never really seemed to like it because they thought it was confusing.

Now that I've developed a unit and we've taken the time to talk about the how the unique words and phrases (alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyming, rhythm, repeated words) bring meaning to the text, my kids are really enjoying reading the passages. Each time I introduce a new kind of poetry, they spend the time looking at the words and phrases, adding what they know from the vocabulary and illustrations, and then are so intuitive about what they are reading.  I LOVE IT!  

My kids also like poetry because they find the lack of rules about capitalization and punctuation, as well as short sentences/phrases to be very liberating. They like writing it because they can concentrate on the words and vocabulary, instead of commas, periods and capitals. In this video, my student asks to verify again if he needs to worry about punctuation. When I assured him that they could be optional, he smiled and said, "I like poetry a lot!"  Here's a final wrap-up discussion that we had about poetry, reinforcing why they like it.

  Student Feedback: Why My Kids Love Poetry....
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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
  55 minutes
completed cinquain project
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