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Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems

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Slipping, Sliding, Tumbling: Reinforcing Cause and Effect Through Diamante Poems

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Computers with Internet access and connection to a printer

  • One classroom computer with projection capability for demonstration (optional)

  • Overhead projector (optional)

  • Chart paper

  • Colored markers or highlighters

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Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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1. Review the Cause and Effect Definition Sheets and make photocopies for each student. You may also want to make overheads of these sheets for discussion purposes. In addition, you should look over the Tiered Cause and Effect Examples so that you have a list of simple and complex examples readily available during the lesson.

2. Photocopy for each student the Cause and Effect Questioning Frames and the Cause and Effect Diamante Writer’s Checklist. If you are not using an overhead projector for the lesson, you may also wish to copy the Diamante Poem Format sheet for each student.

3. Make overheads of the Cause and Effect Questioning Frames and Diamante Poem Format poster for discussion purposes (optional).

4. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve a 45-minute session in the computer lab for Session 4 of this lesson. Visit the Diamante Poems tool and check that it works properly on your school’s computers. Bookmark the site on the student computers so that it is easily accessed. You may want to create and print several of your own cause and effect diamante poems to use as models. You can also refer to the Examples of Cause and Effect Diamante Poems.

5. Photocopy the Cause and Effect Diamante Writer’s Checklist for each student.

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