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Student Activity: Didactic Cinquain Poetry


A cinquain is a five-line poem. Some forms of cinquain poetry follow specific rules regarding patterning and number of syllables per line. This activity will follow the guidelines for a didactic cinquain poem. 

Are your students doing this activity at school or at home?

While this activity was designed for use in the museum, you can follow these suggestions to make students’ experience fun and successful in any learning context.

  • Search for high-quality images of artworks in the museum’s collection. Use these suggested artworks or find some on your own. Images can be printed or viewed online. 

Winslow Homer. The Herring Net, 1885.

Bisa Butler. The Safety Patrol, 2018.

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso. The Leap of the Rabbit, 1911.

  • If students don’t have internet access, they can look for other objects around them that could help them complete the activity.
  • Have students work together with classmates, family members, or friends to complete the activity and share their creations.

Grade Level: 6-12


Anchor Standard for Writing: Production and distribution of writing produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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