This is a comprehensive language arts/writing lesson for grades 1, 2, or 3. The topic is writing a diamante poem. This file includes everything that you will need for this lesson—Standard Statements, "I Can" Statements, Objective Statements, prerequisite skills, pre-assessment, list of materials needed, script, differentiation suggestions, rubric, prewriting (brainstorming) sheet, graphic organizer, rough draft template, final draft template, and bulletin board header. The rough draft and final draft templates are provided in two versions, one with writing guide lines for younger students, and one with lines for older students so that you can choose what is best for your purposes.
The lesson is divided up into five sections to be completed a little each day over the course of a week. Each day, the lesson should last about 30 to 40 minutes. The skills that are focused on in this lesson are: writing about a topic; including facts about the topic; providing a sense of closure; identifying and using synonyms and antonyms; identifying and using nouns, verbs, and adjectives; and working through the writing process. (CCSS: W.1.2, W.1.5, W.1.6, L.1.1.a, L.1.1.b, L.1.1.e, L.1.1.f, L.1.2.d, W.2.2, W.2.5, W.2.6, L.2.1.e, L.2.2.a, L.2.2.d, L.2.2.e, W.3.2.a, W.3.2.b, W.3.2.d, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, L.3.1.a, L.3.2.a, L.3.2.e, L.3.2.f, and L.3.2.g)
I like to emphasize the diamond-shape of the diamante poem by associating it with the diamond-shape of a kite. Since I think of kite flying as a springtime activity, I always do this lesson with my students in the springtime and have them choose springtime-related topics. However, this lesson could be taught any time of the year with any topic. My students write their final copies of their poems on kite forms and decorate them so we can put them up in the hall to make a colorful diamante poetry kite display.
A script is provided as an example of how I would present this lesson. However, you are the teacher in your classroom and you know your students, so you know best how to present this lesson to your students.
I hope you and your students thoroughly enjoy this lesson and use it to create wonderful springtime diamante poems.