Cinquain

Saint George is coming!!!!

It’s time to participate in the school’s literary contest. This year we are going to write a cinquain.

But what is a cinquain?

Have a look at this cinquain poem by Khaled, an adult intermediate-level ESOL student at the University of Oregon:

Nature
by Khaled

Nature 
Beautiful, pure 
Refreshing, enjoying, relaxing
Nature is healthy. 
Fun

I. A cinquain is a 5-line poem. An what is its structure? Match these parts of speech to the 5 lines in the poem:

PART OF SPEECH EXAMPLE IN THE POEM
a) 2 adjectives. They describe the noun in line 1.
b) 1 short, complete sentence about the noun in line 1.
c) 1 noun. This is a synonym for the noun in line 1.
d) 1 noun. This is the topic or theme of the poem.
e) 3 gerunds (verb + ing). They describe the noun in line 1.

II. Now check the structure:

 

Other examples:

River 
by Miki

River 
Clear, wonderful 
Slapping, whirling, flowing 
The river is cold. 
Water

Dove 
by Min

Dove 
Active, free 
Flying, sitting, crying 
A dove is free. 
Bird

Have a look at the poems written by Mireia Xortó’s students.

Now it’s your turn!!!!

[All activities inspired by PIZZAZ & the University of Oregon and the post has been adapted from Mireia Xortó’s blog]

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