Cinquain Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students what a cinquain poem is and how to write one. Students will read our text lesson explain the components of cinquain poems, view examples, and put learning to work by producing a cinquain of their own. Discussion questions, guided writing and a quiz help you make sure all students learn.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain elements of a cinquain poem
  • write a cinquain poem with guidance and independently

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Cinquain Poems: Lesson for Kids, one for each student or a copy to use as a shared reading
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Paper for final drafts of poems
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons

Key Vocabulary

  • Cinquain poem
  • Adjectives
  • Syllable

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.4

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Instructions

  • Connect students to learning by reading a few cinquain poems to students. Divide them into partners and ask them to discuss what they notice, then share ideas as a whole class.
  • Tell students the poems are called cinquain poems and have a specific way to write them.
  • Distribute or display the lesson Cinquain Poems: Lesson for Kids and read the first section 'Five Lines of Fun!' together.
  • Define 'cinquain' and 'syllable' on chart paper.
  • Give students some words to practice counting syllables with their partner. Work together first as a group, then have them work with their partner until students are fluent with the concept.
  • On your chart paper, write the cinquain poem 'recipe' (aka how many syllables per line). Now ask;
    • Who invented the cinquain poem?
    • How are cinquain poems like other poems? How are they different?
  • Read the 'Examples of Cinquains' together. Discuss:
    • Do cinquains all have the same topic?
    • How can we write cinquains as a short story?
  • Next choose a topic with students to use as a guided writing for a cinquain poem. Work with students to cooperatively write a cinquain on chart paper. Check the syllable count along the way.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz to check understanding.

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