Autobiographical cinquain: all about me!



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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CINQUAIN: ALL ABOUT ME!

  • MELD Objectives:
  • Teachers will take students through the five stages of the Writing Process in order to produce an autobiographical Cinquain poem.
  • Students will learn (or review ) how to use a thesaurus and a Personal Thesaurus for Academic Language Development.
  • Teachers will integrate CLR teaching strategies into the lesson.
  • Teachers may use the PowerPoint provided to teach the lesson with, if they choose to.
  • Common Core State Standards
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 4 here.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5c Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
  • Skills:
  • This lesson is more about: teaching the stages of the Writing process, reviewing parts of speech, Tier 2 vocabulary development, and letting the students express how they feel about themselves than poetry.
  • Materials:
  • Chart Paper
  • PowerPoint
  • Access to computer for final drafts of poem (Optional)
  • CLR Elements:
    • Use of Personal Thesaurus of Conceptually Coded Words to build Tier 2 vocabulary
    • Use of Response and Discussion Protocols to facilitate Instructional Conversations
    • Cooperative and Communal Learning
  • Lesson Created by Dr. Jamila Gillenwaters, AEMP

OBJECTIVES: WE ARE GOING TO:

  • Progress through the stages of the Writing Process
  • Create Autobiographical Cinquains
  • Learn how to use a thesaurus
  • Learn how using a Personal Thesaurus can help use learn new vocabulary words

CINQUAIN

  • Sandy
  • mammal, scientist
  • inventing, exploring, chopping
  • brainy, inventive, tough, friendly
  • Squirrel
  • Model

What is a cinquain?

  • A cinquain is a five-line poem that has special word counts.
  • A cinquain poem has its own unique format.
  • As we write our poems, we will have to focus on the format required by this type of writing.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT?

  • Autobiographical CINQUAIN
  • Line 1: A one-word line, your first name.
  • (This is your subject.)
  • Line 2: Two nouns that describe the subject.
  • Line 3: Three verbs that end in –ing that describe what the subject does.
  • Line 4: Four adjectives that describes how the subject looks, feels, or acts.
  • Line 5: One word, your last name.
  • Parts of Speech

What is a noun?

  • Person, place, thing or idea.
    • Miss Mitchell
    • Friendship
    • Classroom
    • Happiness
    • Sunshine
    • Gummy Bears
  • Nouns that
  • describe us
  • scholar
  • sister
  • athlete
  • At school
  • Outside
  • of school

WHAT IS A VERB?

  • verbs that
  • describe what we do
  • sports
  • school
  • home
  • outside
  • of school
  • Shows Action
    • Fly
    • Skip
    • Jump
    • Pounce
    • Whisper
    • Sneak
    • Laugh

WHAT IS AN ADJECTIVE?

  • Adjs. that
  • describe us
  • Feel like
  • Look like
  • Act like
  • Other

NOW, LET’S CONDUCT A GALLERY WALK FOR OUR PREWRITING

  • Your First Name
  • 2 Nouns
  • 3 Verbs
  • 4 Adjectives

Now it’s time to make your own Cinquain!

What is the layout?

  • Line 1: A one-word line, your first name.
  • This is your subject.
  • Line 2: Two nouns that describe the subject.
  • Line 3: Three verbs that end in –ing that describe what the subject does.
  • Line 4: Four adjectives that describes how the subject looks, feels, or acts.
  • Line 5: One word, your last name.
  • What is a thesaurus?
  • How do I use a thesaurus?

What is a synonym?

  • A word having the same (or almost the same) meaning as another word.
  • An alternative to the word.
    • excited eager
    • happy glad
    • movie film
    • sports athletics
    • Give me examples:

A THESAURUS…

  • …is a dictionary that gives alternate words or synonyms.
  • …can be used online as well.
  • …can also be found of inside of a dictionary.

BUT HOW DO I USE A PERSONAL THESAURUS?

PERSONAL THESAURUS

  • The word placed in this box represents a concept I know and understand.
  • The word placed in this box is an antonym for the word in the box.
  • The words placed on these lines represent my “new” “Tier 2” “spicy” vocabulary words!
  • They are words I am learning.
  • Learning them will help build my reading comprehension as well.
  • a
  • awful
  • dreadful
  • appalling
  • unpleasant
  • great
  • ask
  • inquire
  • request
  • interrogate
  • answer
  • all that
  • haughty
  • arrogant
  • humble
  • conceited
  • Lesson Created by Dr. Jamila Gillenwaters, AEMP

REVISION: HELP SPONGEBOB REVISE HIS POEM!

  • Sponge Bob
  • friend, cook
  • singing, flipping, catching
  • funny, kind, square, yellow
  • Square Pants
  • Revision: Help SpongeBob revise his poem!
  • friend
  • enemy
  • cook
  • funny
  • kind
  • buddy
  • acquaintance
  • companion

REVISE YOUR CINQUAIN

  • You revised SpongeBob’s cinquain poem, now you’ll do the same thing to revise your own writing.
  • Use the synonyms you found to revise your 1st draft of your cinquain.
  • Make sure each line of your poem meets the word count criteria for the poem.

EDITING / PROOFREADING

  • What’s the difference between revising and proofreading?
  • Look at your poems to take note of the proofreading marks I added to your poems.
  • Let’s explore the classroom resources we can use to edit our poems.

REVISED! FINAL DRAFT

  • Sponge Bob
  • buddy, chef
  • singing, flipping, chasing
  • comical, considerate, square, yellow
  • Square Pants

REVISED! EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • Students may create paragraphs after they complete their poems.
  • Students may complete a multiple paragraph, autobiographical essay:
    • Paragraph 1: Introduction
    • Paragraph 2: A paragraph that explains why these nouns describe you
    • Paragraph 3: A paragraph that describes why you like to “do” these verbs—Why do they describe what you like to do?
    • Paragraph 4: A paragraph that describes why these adjectives describe you.
  • Options
  • Sponge Bob
  • buddy, chef
  • singing, flipping, chasing
  • comical, considerate, square, yellow
  • Square Pants
  • Lesson Created by Dr. Jamila Gillenwaters, AEMP

REVISED! EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • All About ME!
  • Hi! My name is Sponge Bob Square Pants, and I believe I am unique! I am a great friend to my buddies, Patrick and Sandy. I am an excellent chef because I make the best Crabby Patties in Bikini Bottom! I spend my time singing as I work, flipping Crabby Patties, and chasing jellyfish. I am a yellow square, and that’s how I got my name. I think my hilarious practical jokes make me comical, and I am very considerate to all of my friends. I believe all of these qualities make me a pretty unique individual!
  • Example of a paragraph created using the cinquain as the “Prewriting”
  • Sponge Bob
  • buddy, chef
  • singing, flipping, chasing
  • comical, considerate, square, yellow
  • Square Pants

REVISED! EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • All About ME!
  • Hi! My name is Sponge Bob Square Pants. I live in a pineapple, under the sea, in Bikini Bottom. I’m quite a unique individual. I mean, have you ever met a sponge quite like me before?
  • I describe myself as a buddy and a chef. My best friends, Patrick and Sandy, and I have the most exciting adventures together! Iwork as a chef at the Crabby Patty……continue on
  • I enjoy singing while I work, flipping Crabby Patties, and chasing jellyfish. (each supporting detail sentence of this paragraph would provide details about them participating in these activities).
  • (Continue with this model)
  • Example of a essay created using the cinquain as the “Prewriting”
  • Sponge Bob
  • buddy, chef
  • singing, flipping, chasing
  • comical, considerate, square, yellow
  • Square Pants


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