Cinquain Poetry for High School Creative Writing

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Cinquains are short and easy poems to master, which makes them a great early assignment for a creative writing course, a quick enrichment activity, or a mini-lesson for reviewing adjectives, synonyms, and descriptive writing.

This lesson includes a slideshow that goes over the necessary words (adjectives and synonyms), cinquain form, and examples. This lesson also contains a worksheet that guides students through the brainstorming and writing process, as well as a suggested lesson plan. No prep needed!

This lesson follows that same format at my "I Am" Poem for High School FREEBIE.

If you need other poems to teach during a poetry unit or creative writing class, check out my other lessons:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.


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