Diamante Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about diamante poems with this lesson plan. A text lesson explains what they are, the two main types, and finally how to write them. Guided and shared writing support the learning process so students confidently apply concepts to independent writing.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain a diamante poem
  • describe the two types of diamante poems
  • write a diamante poem with support


50 minutes for the lesson plus time for independent writing


Key Vocabulary

  • Diamante poem
  • Synonym diamante poem
  • Antonym diamante poem

Curriculum Standards


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


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.


  • Start the lesson by reading the opening mystery item in the lesson Diamante Poems: Lesson for Kids with students and allowing them to guess the answers.
  • Read the remainder of the section 'What is a Diamante Poem?' with students and write the definition on chart paper.
  • Now take a closer look at the diagram 'Pattern of a Diamante' with students. Point out and note the components.
  • Copy the diagram onto your anchor chart.
  • Next read the section 'Synonym Diamante Poems' with students.
  • Label chart paper 'Synonym Diamante Poem' and record the definition.
  • Look closely at the example with students and identify parts of speech, then label each.
  • Now practice writing a synonym diamante poem in a shared writing experience with students. Allow them to help you brainstorm a topic and write the poem, recording on the chart paper.
  • Repeat this process for the section 'Antonym Diamante Poem.'
  • Ask:
    • What are the main parts of a diamante poem?
    • How are synonym and antonym diamante poems the same? How are they different?
    • Which type do you like best?
    • What do you like about these types of poems?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz together to check understanding. Reteach if necessary.
  • Divide students into small groups and give each a diamante poem.
  • Ask groups to identify the parts of speech in the poem and to label. Also, have groups decide if the poem is a synonym or antonym diamante poem.
  • Review and discuss work together.

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