Friday, May 01, 2009

London's Inkblot Cinquain

One of our favorite "centers" at Mendham Township Elementary School's Family Art & Poetry Night was the Inkblot Cinquain Project.

London brought her inkblot cinquain home, but Maddie's teacher was absent today and the substitute didn't send her artwork home.

A butterfly is a very
colorful insect. They fly
very gracefully.
They are great insects.

A cinquain is a five-line poem. Here's how it works, if you'd like to play along at home:

Line 1: Decide on your (one-word) title (a subject or noun).

Line 2: Think of two-word phrases (adjectives) that describe your topic.

Line 3: Think of three-word phrases (action verbs) that tell something the topic can do.

Line 4: Think of four-word phrases (or complete sentences) that describe a feeling about your topic.

Line 5: Think of one word that refers to your title (synonym of line 1 or a word that sums it up)