How to Write a Rosa Parks Poem

Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month in February?
I’ve got you covered!
I love launching lessons with a story!
So we are going to start with a story…..and read on to what we will end with!
Your students will read and reflect on the life of Rosa Parks and then create a cinquain poem to give a ‘Snap Shot’ of her life
A cinquain poem is a perfect format for creating an autobiographic snapshot of anyone’s life.

What is a Cinquain Poem

The cinquain is a five-line poem the follows a word pattern:
Line 1: a one-word subject
Line 2: two adjectives to describe the subject
Line 3: three verbs (ending in -ing)
Line 4: four-word phrase about the subject
Line 5: one synonym
Students come to understand a person’s life on a deeper level as they fill in this graphic organizer.
Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month? Take a look at how to use this cinquain poem to help your students take a deeper look at the life of Rosa Parks.

How Do We Do This

Start with a story – any autobiographical book on Rosa Parks you may have… or maybe you have a great Close Reading resource about her…
You can do this activity whole group, with partners, or individuals – depending on your students.
I prefer to fill in the the first page of ‘Cinquain Poem Snapshot’ page together.  As the students brainstorm together they are able to generate an abundance of words for the boxes.  It’s good to have many words in each box, even though they will only choose a few.
Students refer back to the story to show evidence of the their choices of adjectives, verbs, and synonyms to describe Rosa Parks.
After they complete this page they are ready to publish their autobiographical poem!
Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month? Take a look at how to use this cinquain poem to help your students take a deeper look at the life of Rosa Parks.
Don’t you just love using a story to launch a lesson?!
Notice how we crossed so many subject areas with this activity!
  • Social Studies
  • Reading
  • Summarizing
  • Grammar
  • Poetry Writing

Click on the image below to get your copy of this activity – so you can ‘start with a story and end with a poem’.

Are you needing additional February Writing Resources? Check these out in my TpT Store.

Are looking for additional writing resources for February – check out these paragraph ‘Writing Resources for February.

This packet includes Valentine’s Day, Black History, and Presidents’ Day resources.

What stories do you like to use to launch your lessons?

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  • Primary Teachspiration February 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    You always have such great ideas and lessons, Peggy! This one is no exception. Thanks for sharing.


  • Linda Nelson @ Primary Inspiration February 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Great post, Peggy! Thanks for sharing your ideas and very useful writing templates!

    Linda at Primary Inspiration

  • Mrs. Nicolau February 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I love reading your posts! What a great way to incorporate SS and Poetry! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
    Brinca Into Bilingual!

  • Peggy Means February 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

    You are so sweet, Anita! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love!

  • Peggy Means February 2, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Thank you, Linda! You are so encouraging! I love using the cinquain template for responding to literature!

  • Peggy Means February 2, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Hi Brinca! I love using that cinquain template for almost any topic! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some luv! 🙂

  • nicole sanchez February 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas and for participating in our collaborative linky. 🙂
    Nicole and Eliceo

  • Peggy Means February 3, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Thank you, Nicole! I so appreciate being able to be a part of these links! <3

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    My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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