Using an easy-to-formulate cinquain or diamante structure, Ms. Richmond's third grade class, Ms. Lovingood's fourth graders, and Ms. Russell's fifth grade class tried their hand at poems about famous artworks this week. This is a great lesson for letting students look a little more deeply at some artworks they may not have been exposed to, as well as for reinforcing the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives). Here are a few samples along with the artworks that inspired them.
The Gulf Stream, Winslow Homer
Cinquain by Michael A.
Tired marooned slave,
Lonely, tired, sad, mad.
The Dance Class, Edgar Degas
Diamante by Elizabeth P.
Waiting, standing, relevaing.
Reflection, point, shoes, tutus.
Tying, watching, talking.
Room at Arles, Vincent Van Gogh
Diamante by Tabitha M.
Waiting, breathing, reflecting.
Pictures, window, bed, blanket.
Sleeping, comforting, remembering.
Freedom from Want, Norman Rockwell
Diamante by Gavin C.
Smiling, waiting, serving.
Table, plate, family, food.
Speaking, placing, dining.