A cinquain (pronounced SEEN-cane) is a five-line unrhymed poem. It is easy to write and can be used in a variety of subject areas. Cinquains can be useful in helping students to gain new insights into a topic being studied. Although there are variations, the cinquain generally takes the following form:
Line Two: Two adjectives that describe the subject.
Line Three: Three verbs (or verbals) related to the subject.
Line Four: Four-word phrase telling feelings of the writer or describing the subject.
Line Five: One noun (different from line one) that sums up the previous four lines.
Climbing, swinging, chewing
Getting into everything, everywhere
Watching, wading, eating
Segregated from the others
Spinning, moving, floating
Building fragile wispy nests
Prowling, leaping, hanging
Stretching throats to sing
Jennings and Telfer
Splashing, hopping, dunking
Fluttering feathered creek communion