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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Poem: A Small Collection of Cinquains

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A Small Collection of Cinquains

Life Will Get You in the End:
Short Stories by David Satterlee

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Short stories by David Satterlee

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My wife, Dianna, was teaching a unit on poetry to fifth-graders and thought that I should come and give them a talk on cinquains and limericks. I knew that I could do some real damage with limericks; but, cinquains? So, I started by looking up the word "cinquain." Boy, what a pro!



A cinquain is written with 5 lines having 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables respectively. The first and last lines are complementary. The 2nd line may have two words in contrast.
  
A cinquain is kind of like a Haiku, only different. OK. Got it? 



A Small Collection of Cinquains

My wife, Dianna is a talented and creative teacher. For several years, with her encouragement, I served as a part-time substitute teacher. From time to time, she invited me to talk to her classes about writing. 

It helps students to have an initial model of any new idea or form. This collection was prepared for Dianna Satterlee’s 5th Grade Language Arts Class at Smokey Mountain Elementary School, just south of Cherokee, North Carolina.

A Cinquain is written with 5 lines having 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables respectively. The first and last lines are complementary. The 2nd line may have two words in contrast.

About the beauty of North Carolina

Misty,
Rocky, cascades
Dancing waters falling;
Gleaming in the early morning
Sun light.

About Mrs. Satterlee

Teacher.
Happy leader.
Guiding her new children;
Making learning fun because she
Wants to.

About Myself

Learner.
Constant reader.
Always gaining knowledge;
Seeking wisdom and to be a
Teacher.