Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cinquain Poetry Lesson

This afternoon I was reminded of all the neat poetry forms. Cinquain is one of those. The format is:

Line 1: one word (subject or noun)
Line 2: two words (adjectives) that describe line 1
Line 3: three words (action verbs ending with "-ing") that relate to line 1
Line 4: Four or five words (feelings or complete sentence) that describe the subject or are related to it in some way
Line 5: One word that sums up line 1 or is a synonym of line 1

After some reading, I realize that this is modern cinquain poetry. Here are some websites that describe it further.

Cinquain Lesson Plans from Reading In order to access the worksheets, one has to be a member; however the lesson plan is there for the reading.

Cinquain Poetry writing that goes into a paragraph can be found in this interesting lesson plan.

Shape poems--this site allows you to write your poem on a specific shape (apple, soccer ball, etc.) and then print it out.

Another good site for cinquain poetry.

I'm going to teach this to Marissa next week and if she gives permission, I'll share her finished work.


  1. Hey, my son and I have been doing cinquain poems! (BJU, 8th grade). I've had some fun doing humorous ones (about dishwasher responsibilities, etc.) that, oddly enough, were not always well received :)

    Thanks for sending your link.

  2. Thanks for the lesson and the links!