Poetry Activity – NLW

cinquain-poemWhat is a Cinquain?

A cinquain is a form of poetry that is very popular because of it’s simplicity. It was created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey about 100 years ago, and is similar to Japanese poetic forms, such as haiku and tanka.

Cinquains are just five lines long, with only a few words in each line, making them easy to write. Though they are just five lines long, the best cinquains tell a small story. Instead of just having descriptive words, they may also have an action (something happening), a feeling caused by the action, and a conclusion or ending.

Activity: Create a cinquain poem about a character from a book or about yourself.  You may use the format and example above to help guide you, download a Cinquain Graphic Organizer or click on Write a Cinquain for a digital format.  


  1. Create an original cinquain poem about a character from a book or about yourself.
  2. Decide which format you will use (i.e. words in each line or syllables)
  3. Post completed poem in the comment section of this blog post by the end of the school day. (Tuesday 4/16/13)
  4. Please write your name and class in your post.
  5. Some poems will be read during lunch time on Wednesday 4/17/13.
  6. Have fun with this activity!
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