2014 Children’s Poetry Celebration & Contest PLUS Cinquain Poems!!

Poetry_CelebrationApril is National Poetry Month! In celebration we’ll be sharing about CINQUAIN POEMS today, but first we want to tell you about the awesome drawing and poetry contest created by Preschool Powol Packets!

During April, co-hosting blogs (like ours!) will post about poetry. Comment on these posts to be entered in a DRAWING for a POETRY PRIZE. An additional entry is available for following host blogs on Facebook (for instance, if you follow Brave Writer, comment here so the entry can be counted).

Kids Poetry Contest!

There’s also a cool Poetry Contest for kids! Children can enter one or two original poems (30 lines or shorter) in one of the following age categories: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. Entries will be accepted any time during the month of April via a form at Preschool Powol Packets. Poems will be judged on creativity, originality, style, and language. Judging may be subjective and all decisions are final. This year’s contest will be judged by the lovely Becky at This Reading Mama. More info at Preschool Powol Packets.


The following comes from a Playing With Poetry online class
taught by our very own Susanne Barrett.

A Cinquain is a five-lined poem (hence the name!) and is a favorite poetic form for many kids because, as one of our students pointed out, “they are easy and fun to write and they don’t require a whole lot of words!” They also reinforce some basic grammatical parts of speech.

Format for Writing a Cinquain:

Line 1: One word (a noun, the subject of the poem)
Line 2: Two words (adjectives that describe the subject in line 1)
Line 3: Three words (-ing action verbs–participles–that relate to the subject in line 1)
Line 4: Four words (a phrase or sentence that relates feelings about the subject in line 1)
Line 5: One word (a synonym for the subject in line 1 or a word that sums it up)

Alternative Line 5 for older poets: Five words (a phrase or sentence that further relates feelings about the subject in line 1)

Sometimes each line is centered to create a diamond or tree-like shape.

Here’s a Cinquain off the top of my head:

Clever, crafty
Writing, composing, describing
Best words, best order

For older and/or more practiced students, the precise syllables for the cinquain should be observed, following the directions above for relating to the subject of the poem in the first line:

Line 1: two syllables
Line 2: four syllables
Line 3: six syllables
Line 4: eight syllables
Line 5: two syllables (alternative line: ten syllables)

Students may capitalize all the words, none of the words, the first words of each line, or just certain words. And each poem may be capitalized differently, depending on its subject matter, diction (word choice), etc. Just see which way feels the best to you for each poem. Also, slight variations of syllables are okay.

Here’s another Cinquain poem by Dawn Slanker:

Loyal, Brave
Loving, Playing, Guarding
Best friend of man

If your kids write a Cinquain poem, they can submit it to the 2014 Children’s Poetry Celebration & Contest.

The Sponsors

Prize details are at Preschool Powol Packets (Psst! Brave Writer has donated our Arrow Poetry Guide).
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18 Responses to “2014 Children’s Poetry Celebration & Contest PLUS Cinquain Poems!!”

  1. Tracey M. says:

    I follow BraveWriter on FB!

  2. Tracey M. says:

    I think we’ll use the cinquain poetry format today as a way to review our language arts skills. I love writing cinquain poems. I can’t wait to see what topic my daughter chooses to write about today! Great post with example of how to differentiate for older learners.

  3. Carla says:

    I love how accessible you make cinquains! We’ll be writing some this afternoon! Thanks for a fabulous post!!

  4. Domanicka says:

    Did not know what a Cinquain poem was until today. Learn something everyday. It so happens we are doing the Arrow Poetry this month. Perfect timing.

  5. Kathy Balman says:

    What a great syle for young kids! We just wrote haikus today which slso you syllables.

  6. Rebecca Reid says:

    What a great review of syllabication as well as poetry. We’ll probably look at cinquans this week in our writing co-op! (and I follow you on Facebook too!)

  7. Jenny Leigh says:

    Thank you for the refreshing ideas on how to help my wordy child write. We both look forward to the daily adventures you post in the newsletter. Can’t wait to get going on the cinquain! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We love Brave Writer

  8. Catherine says:

    Thanks! Yay poetry. (I also followed Brave Writer on Facebook.)

  9. Julie says:

    This is a great idea. I can’t wait to tell my kids about the poetry contest tomorrow at our poetry tea time. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Nancy says:

    I like Brave Writer on Facebook. (More like love, actually.)

  11. Nancy says:

    I’ve never heard of cinquain poems before. maybe we’ll try them at our next poetry club. thanks!

  12. I follow BraveWriter on FB 🙂

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  15. Steven Tryon says:

    selfless, joyful
    taking, loving, giving
    the sharing of life

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