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What’s a cinquain? Students will find out as they use the intense colors of Crayola® Model Magic to accent the number of syllables in each line of an original verse.
Ask students how, in their experience, stories and/or poems help them visualize, or paint mental pictures of, what is going on in a story. A discussion of visualization should follow.
Have students close their eyes. Read a short poem to the class and ask for student reaction. What did they visualize? Read an additional poem and repeat the process of visualization. Encourage students to analyze how poets arrange the words and lines in their writing for effect.
Introduce students to the format for a Cinquain poem. Discuss the need for counting syllables and what synonyms are. Show the class an example of a Cinquain, have it read orally, and allow a student discussion to follow.
These are the rules for writing each line of a cinquain:
Line 1 - Title (2 syllables)
Line 2 - Describe (4 syllables)
Line 3 - Action (6 syllables)
Line 4 - Feeling or effect (8 syllables)
Line 5 - Synonym for initial noun (2 syllables)
Fun, food, games, friends
Talk, laugh, and celebrate
Share old memories, make new ones
Students write their own cinquain neatly with a Crayola Washable Fine Tip Marker. Leave three or four spaces between each line. To make an interesting border, trim around the edges with Crayola Scissors. Use a Crayola Glue Stick to attach the cinquain to a contrasting color of construction paper.
Show each syllable of the cinquain with a distinctive accent mark made with colored Crayola Model Magic. Make tiny icons that reflect the theme of your poem to mark each syllable—such as the party balloons shown here. Create custom colors by mixing two or three colors of Model Magic together. Try swirling colors together for more special effects. Students could even color-code the syllables.
Allow the icons to dry. Use Crayola School Glue to glue them above each syllable of the cinquain. Air-dry the page flat.
Add decorative details with markers. Read the cinquain to appreciative audiences of families and other students. Display the beautiful cinquains in the classroom or school hallways.
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