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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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Frank Salvatore

April 19, 2011

This looks like a great lesson that will lead the kids through the learning not only poetry but other motivators to learn about nouns and adjectives. Thank you for ALL of the great resources like work sheets and instructions and activities. Greatly Appreciated!


R Susan Spradlin

March 20, 2011

Thank you for this lesson plan. I needed to teach my first grade students how to create a simple poem and also need to teach adjectives: cinquains! I had forgotten about this style. I am excited to do this with them. Thank you, again.


Syd Schneider

July 01, 2010

Great examples and worksheets. My students enjoyed adding the graphics as modeled in the samples.

Two suggestions for the model: On the Apple Graphic Organizer page, "rojo" modifies manzana and therefore needs to be in the feminie form of "roja" - also, the singular negative command in Spanish for don't eat in the familiar form (which would apply to students/friends/peers/etc.) would be "no comas" (the singular negative formal command would be "no coma" and the plural negative formal command would be "no coman" - the translations of "no comes" would be "you're not eating" / "you don't eat" / "you don't usually eat" (statements, not the imperative mood)


Lisa Fink, RWT Staff

June 07, 2010

Thanks for the comment. We have added in the samples. Hope they are helpful!



June 02, 2010

The instructional plan says there is a student reproducible with sample cinquains, but the only samples are on the graphic organizers. It would be nice if there was a page of just cinquain samples for kids to see.



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