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Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

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Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One 60-minute session
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   1 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 20

Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today.

Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


Grades   1 – 4  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 16

LeVar Burton, longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was born in 1957.

After reading two complementary Reading Rainbow selections, students compare the selections using the Venn Diagram and write a comparison essay.


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Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears

This article discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure and describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices.




Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

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