Diamante

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The diamante (pronounced DIE-uh-MON-tay) is a perfect poem form to illustrate the contrast between two different subjects. The seven lines of this poem are in the shape of a diamond, with the different subjects acting as the top and bottom points of the diamond.

Line One: Noun “A.”
Line Two: Two adjectives describing the noun “A.”
Line Three: Three “ing” or “ed” words describing noun “A.”
Line Four: Four nouns. Two describing the noun “A”. Two describing noun “B.”
Line Five: Three “ing” or “ed” words describing noun “B.”
Line Six: Two adjectives describing the noun “B.”
Line Seven: Noun “B”

Note that immediately after writing Noun “A” in line one, the writer may want to go to line seven and enter the contrasting noun “B” there. Then the writer can go back and fill in the rest of the poem.

Examples

Note: I picked up these diamante examples from an unknown presenter to whom I owe thanks.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Younger, easier
Old friends, one teacher, one class
Bonner, Holly Hill Elementary / Holly Hill Junior High, Campbell
Changing classes, changing teachers, finding new friends
Older, harder
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Group Poem, 6th graders
Bonner Elementary School

DEMOCRACY
Many, representative
Self-governed, elected, tolerating
Legislature, constitution / despotism, absolutism
Inherited, exploiting, oppressing
Machiavellian, single
AUTOCRACY

Group Poem, 11th graders
Spruce Creek Senior High

You can adapt the diamante to reinforce vocabulary or concepts that you have been studying in any content area.

Adapted for Earth Science

Line one: Write the word “SWAMP.”
Line two: Write the names of two famous swamps.
Line three: Three words that describe swamp geography or climate.
Line four: Name a swamp plant, a swamp animal, a desert plant, a desert animal.
Line five: Three words that describe desert geography or climate
Line six: Write the names of two famous deserts.
Line seven: Write the word “DESERT.”

Example

SWAMP
Okefenokee, Everglades
wet, spongy, low-lying
fern, egret / cactus, lizard
hot, dry, sandy
Sahara, Mojave
DESERT

Adapted for Environmental Science

Line one: Write the word “POLLUTION.”
Line two: Write two adjectives which describe pollution.
Line three: Three verbs which tell how humankind pollutes the earth.
Line four: Two specific examples of pollution / Two specific examples of conservation.
Line five: Three verbs which tell how humankind conserves the earth.
Line six: Write two adjectives which describe conservation.
Line seven: Write the word “CONSERVATION.”

Example

POLLUTION
foul, noisy
stripping, exhausting, contaminating
clear cutting, dumping poisonous chemicals / treating wastes, banning dioxin
recycling, replenishing, preserving
clear, unspoiled
CONSERVATION

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