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Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech

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Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English



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Students discover the characteristics of cinquain poems through reading and analysis of sample poems. They then use a graphic organizer to write their own cinquain poems, focusing on different parts of speech for each line.

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Cinquain Graphic Organizer: This student reproducible provides a sample and description of a cinquain poem, and includes prompts for students to create their own.

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In their article "Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears," Apol and Harris explore ways teachers build interest leading students to create original poems. This exercise is one of several scaffolding experiences that the teachers use to "lead students beyond a superficial encounter to a deeper understanding and appreciation of poetry" (316). Through reading cinquain and then writing their own, students move from simply reading the poems to analyzing them and, ultimately, composing poems that match the format.

Further Reading

Apol and Harris. "Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears." Language Arts 76(4) (March 1999): 314-322.

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