Lesson Plan : Cinquain on Spring

Teacher Name:
 Jenny Mykytenko
Grade:
 Grade 5
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Cinquain on Spring - This is a literacy activity designed to be implemented after a lesson on cinquains themselves. Students will have the opportunity to write individual cinquains on Spring, and to produce a final copy of their cinquains on the computer.
Content:
 - Cinquain - Ideas related to the Spring season
Goals:
 1. Students will write a cinquain on Spring National Standards: NL-ENG.K-12.6 - Applying Knowledge NL-ENG.K-12.5 - Communication Strategies NETS Standard 3: Technology productivity tools Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works. NCTE and IRA Standards: 5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. 6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts. 11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities. NYS Standards: ELA #2 - Language for Literary Response and Epxression Performance Indicator - Create their own stories, poems, and songs using the elements of the literature they have read and appropriate vocabulary MST #5 - Technology Performance Indicators - Use the computer as a tool for generating and drawing ideas; Control computerized devices and systems through programming
Objectives:
 1. Given a flower template on the computer, students will type an original cinquain on the topic of Spring.
Materials:
 - Computer access for each student in the class - Printer hooked up to computers & printer paper - Flower template
Introduction:
 The teacher shares different mediums for how people can express their feelings towards Spring. The teacher can play a portion of Vivaldi's Spring, and can have artwork displayed which captures the essence of Spring. The teacher states that writing about Spring in the form of poetry is another credible and creative way.
Development:
 Direct Instruction: The teacher tells students they are going to write a cinquain on Spring, The teacher tells they are going to have the opportunity to type their cinquains, using a computer template, and shows the class a completed example.
Practice:
 Students formulate their own ideas on the topic, and write a rough draft version of their cinquains on paper. The teacher walks students through the steps on how to use the computer template.
Accommodations:
 - The teacher can have the class brainstorm ideas about Spring, and can develop an example of a cinquain on Spring together to use as a guidea (The teacher can also review what a cinquain is and briefly goes over parts of a cinquain) - Students can be given guides of the cinquain format to follow - Students can partner up for the duration of the activity
Checking For Understanding:
 The teacher circulates the room while students work on their rough drafts, in order to provide immediate corrective feedback (re: spelling, cinquain sequence, etc.)
Closure:
 Once everyone has finished their drafts on paper, the teacher asks for volunteers to read their cinquains.
Evaluation:
 Students will receive a letter grade based on the final printed product.

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