Cinquains — A Writing Tool for the Resistant or Adventurous Writer

Today’s post is all about cinquains. What they are and why I love them.

A cinquain is a five line poem that follows a specific structure. While there are a few different structures for writing the cinquain, this is one of the more popular ones that I have used with my students:

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Now, let’s see some finished examples:

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Why do I love these so much? Let me count the ways…

1. They help get those creative juices flowing and are practical for warm up writing exercises.

2. The cinquain can be a confidence booster; a way for students to accomplish a short, concise, and descriptive piece of writing. For a timid or reluctant writer, completion is near in sight.

3. Cinquains are a wonderful choice for honing the development of and refreshing the student’s memory and usage of nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

4. No two completed cinquains will turn out the same. Even if an entire group of students writes cinquains on the same subject, it’s unlikely that any two will be identical.

5. A cinquain is a fun tool for reflecting on or documenting just about any experience. A field trip? Winter vacation? That delicious family meal? You name the topic, and it can be documented with the writing of a cinquain.

If you have a few moments, give it a try. And if you’ve used these as a writing tool in your classroom, I’d love to hear about your experience.

To download a free cinquain template from my TpT store, click here.

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