Friday, 5 April 2013

NaPoWriMo Day 5 A cinquain

For NaPoWriMo Day 5
They suggest a cinquain. The rules are below.

angelic, white
peering, poking, prodding
 lacey, silky, milky, nodding

hopeful, healing
hailing, raining, snowing
sighing, anxious, cold front flying

Framework for Cinquain

Line 1 - one word for the topic - noun
Line 2 - 2 words to describes your topic -adjective
(from Latinad - 'toward', + jacere - 'throw')
Line 3 - 3 words that describes the actions relating to your topic -adverb
(place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree)
Line 4 - 4 words that describes the feelings relating to your topic - affect
Line 5 - one word that is another noun for your topic - synonym


Line 1 - two syllables
Line 2 - four syllables
Line 3 - six syllables
Line 4 - eight syllables
Line 5 - two syllables
I used this poetic strategy to teach my gr. 8 writers about grammatical terms. It works well! The Handbook of Poetic Forms suggests:
  • Refrain from being cloyingly sweet
  • build toward a climax
  • put a surprise into your last two lines
  • be concerned with thoughts and images rather than parts of speech.

1 comment:

Kay L. Davies said...

I love that your cinquains end with a single-syllable line. Perfect, Jenn.