Brave Writer Language Arts; Compelling Cinquains

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies.  We finished up our latest read aloud, ‘A Journey to Jo’Burg’ by Beverley Naidoo a few weeks ago, because the kiddos were captivated by the story.  However, we only just finished the literary guide, and finished up with the final activity; writing our own cinquains.

The Brave Writer Arrow guide clearly explains what a cinquain is and how to write one, so I paraphrased and wrote it out on the whiteboard.

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Since the activity was part of our literary discussion for Journey to Jo’burg, we did our first few cinquains based on the story together.

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After, we decided to do write our first individual cinquain about Ramadan and one by one we read them aloud; it was lovely to hear what we all came up with.  My youngest was also involved, drawing pictures instead of writing.

Then, it was time to change things up a little. So, before the lesson began I had written down a number of topics and placed them in the jar.  The kids and I had to close our eyes, and then write a cinquain about the topic we were given.   They loved this part of the lesson as topics were so random; from Lego to Lasagna!

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This was such a fun lesson Allahuma barik, we didn’t even realise an hour and a half had gone by!  And this is why when we come to our Brave Writer Language Arts lesson, my kids don’t feel like its work because it’s presented in such a unique way.

After the lesson was over, I decided to keep the jar on the table and the kids were writing cinquains in their spare time.  Since they enjoyed it so much a typed up a few more topics and replaced the ones in the jar.  I’ve left a few blanks so you can write your own too.

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Download your copy HERE.  Happy Brave Writing!

 

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