- How they would feel if they were in Rosa's situation?
- What would they do if they were there?
- What are some words that describe Rosa?
What is a Cinquain Poem?
How Do We Write a Cinquain Poem?
Use the attached ‘Cinquain Poem Snapshot' to reflect on Rosa's character qualities that the story revealed about Rosa.
Write them in the three boxes on page 1 with the Pre-write graphic organizer. I prefer to fill in the first page of the ‘Cinquain Poem Snapshot' page together. As the students brainstorm together, they can 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.
After your students have lots of descriptive words, ask each one to highlight:
- Two favorite adjectives
- Three favorite -ing verbs
- Favorite synonym
As each student chooses their favorite words, each student's poem becomes a unique expression of how they see Rosa.
Now your students are ready to write their rough draft using their highlighted words from the graphic organizer.
Write the words that they highlighted on the lines.
Think of a four-word phrase the describes her.
Now that your students have completed their rough draft, they are ready for the fun step – to publish their autobiographical poems!
These published poems make an inspirational bulletin board to spark more conversions during Black History Month.
The download link for this book companion is below. Get your copy of this activity – so you can inspire your students with Rosa's amazing story!
Are you looking for additional writing resources for February – check out these Paragraph Writing Resources for February.