Young American Poetry Digest

Cinquain Teaching Resources

A cinquain consists of 5 lines with each line increasing in length until the fifth and final line which sums up the topic with a synonum.

Line 1 – Noun

Line 2 – Two adjectives describing the noun

Line 3 – Three words about the noun

Line 4 – Four word sentence

Line 5 – Synonym

Student cinquain poems from the 2011 Young American Poetry Digest

                      MAJESTIC ANIMALS


                      Majestic, free

                      Galloping, neighing, running

                     Horses are magnificent animals


                      OCEAN LANDSCAPES


                      Constantly changing

                     Moving, floating, churning

                     Ocean landscapes are surreal



Cinquain Poetry Websites 

Wonderful Lesson Plan with Graphic Organizer

Cinquain Poetry – Includes Powerpoint Presentations

Spring Cinquain