1. Write a poem – in 11 words!
The cinquain is a short form of poetry developed by American poet, Adelaide Crapsey. It comes from the French word ‘cinq’ meaning ‘five’ – and has five lines.
There are many different forms of cinquain. I like this one because you can use all your senses – and it has a fun counting pattern. But what I really like … it has just 11 words. True! That means you have to make every word count! Don’t repeat words. And don’t waste words with ‘the’ or ‘and’. Each word must say something new.
Line One: One noun
Line Two: Two adjectives
Line Three: Three verbs
Line Four: Four-word phrase
Line Five: One different noun
lurch, hiss, lumber
save fuel reduce pollution
This cinquain planning and draft sheet might help you get your ideas together.
2. Snap a spiney – the poem that you don’t write.
Visit your local library (or peruse your book shelves at home) and arrange the titles on the spines to create a poem. No pen/paper needed – though you will need a camera to capture the poem. You can read more of my spineys here and here.
3. Create word art – a zentangle poem.
Find a poem in an existing page of text. (Hint: Don’t find it in your favourite book! Or your Mum’s favourite book. Find an OLD book…) Draw a box around the words that you want to use for your poem. Use zentangle (repeated) patterns to enhance your poem. Your zentangles may even turn into a picture! But they don’t have to. Read more about zentangle poems here – with lots more examples, and a really cool video link!
4. Get fit and bring back the beat, in this activity shared by The School Magazine, using my poem, ‘Getting Fit’.