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Cinquain Poem Definition & Best Explanation with Examples

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Definition of cinquain poems

Cinquain poem is a writing activity in which students create simple poems within a very structured framework, using vocabulary they have learned and any assistance supplied by the teacher as requested. A cinquain poem is a five-line poetic form. Resources are available to support units on animals, community, fairy tales, healthy foods and so on.

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Cinquain poems to practice brainstorming as a writing skill

Additionally, students might write cinquain poems after reading a particular book picture. As a matter of fact, this particular poem can provide a dependable basis for the activation of students’ knowledge structures and scripts, or more specifically, schemata. As long as our deliberation vis-à-vis discourse analysis is regarded, cinquain poems can be considered a commensurate technique to operationalize the information units or structures.

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Teaching writing skills with cinquain poems

This poem, which is on the foundation of deductive learning, is a proper brainstorming or free-writing activity, particularly in response to writing classes. As it is self-explanatory, cinquain poems consist of five lines constructed according to the following scheme:

  • Line 1:  states a subject in one word (usually a noun).
  • Line 2:  describes the subject in two words (often a noun and an adjective or two adjectives).
  • Line 3:  describes an action about the subject in three words (often three infinitives or a three-word sentence).
  • Line 4:  expresses an emotion about the subject in four words.
  • Line 5:  relates the subject in another single word that reflects what has already been said (usually a noun).

Samples of Cinquain poems in English, French, and Spanish

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Hadley, A. O. (2003). Teaching language in context. (3rd Ed.). Heinle & Stanley J. Galek.

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