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Haiku – Limerick - Cinquain. Mrs. Athanasakos. POETRY. Writing that combines exact meaning of words with emotional connections Poets experiment with the sounds and rhythms of language Poets use figurative language: metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia, etc.

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Haiku limerick cinquain

Haiku – Limerick - Cinquain

Mrs. Athanasakos



  • Writing that combines exact meaning of words with emotional connections

  • Poets experiment with the sounds and rhythmsof language

  • Poets use figurative language: metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia, etc.

  • Poems are written in stanzas or groups of lines

Many types of poetry

Many Types of Poetry

  • Sometimes, poems rhyme

  • Sometimes they don’t, they are free verse

  • Some poems have several stanzas or sections, and other don’t

  • Some poems follow specific rules, like how many words are in each line

  • Some poems have a specific number of syllables



  • Comes from Japan.

  • Has three lines.

  • First line has five syllables

  • Second line has seven syllables

  • Third line has five syllables

  • Haiku poems do not rhyme

  • Often, the topic is related to nature or the seasons.

Haiku sample

Haiku Sample

Autumn leaves falling

Turning shades of red and brown

Seasons are changing



  • Silly or humorous poem

  • Has a specific pattern

    • Lines 1, 2, and 5 are longer and rhyme with each other.

    • Lines 3 and 4 are shorter and rhyme with each other.

Limerick sample

Limerick Sample

There once was a clown named Bo

Who liked to put on a great show

He drove a small car

And he was a star

He did tricks that made us say “Oh!”



  • Five-line poem:

  • Line 1: One word (noun) – 2 syllables

  • Line 2: 2 descriptive words (adjectives) – 4 syl.

  • Line 3: 3 words that describe action – 6 syl.

  • Line 4: 4 words that express feeling – 8 syl.

  • Line 5: 1 word (synonym or reference to noun on line 1) – 2 syllables

Cinquain sample

Cinquain Sample


Silly, Funny

Running, jumping, laughing

They make the circus so much fun


Bio poem

Bio Poem

  • A Bio Poem is a fun poem that describes a person in 10-11 lines. There are various formats or models to use when writing a bio poem

  • Some might be written about another person

  • Some might be written about yourself

Bio poem model

Bio Poem Model

First name

(Four adjectives that describe the person)

Son or Daughter of (your parents names)

Lover of (three different things that the person loves)

Who feels (three different feelings and when or where they are felt)

Who gives (three different things the person gives)

Who fears (three different fears the person has)

Who would like to see (three different things the person would like to see)

Who lives (a brief description of where the person lives)

Last name

Bio poem sample

Bio Poem Sample


Adventurous, curious, earthy, and caring

Daughter of Marge and Seth

Lover of climbing, fishing, biking

Who feels relaxed with friends, happy on holidays, and energetic when outdoors

Who gives love, patience, and encouragement

Who fears large exams, big black hairy spiders, and mice

Who would like to see Alaska, the Black Sea, andIndia.

Who lives in Chicago, Illinois


Diamante poem

Diamante Poem

Diamante Poem

  • Diamantes can be about anything

  • They are 7 lines long

  • The word count is simple: 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1

  • Your lines should have: noun, adjectives, verbs, nouns, verbs, adjectives, noun

  • Try to “center” your poem on the page to give it a diamond shape

  • Most importantly, have fun!

Diamante poem model

Diamante Poem Model


Adjective, Adjective

Verb, Verb, Verb

Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun

Verb, Verb, Verb

Adjective, Adjective


Synonym diamante poem

Synonym Diamante Poem

Evil, Spooky
Howling, Shrieking, Wailing
Ghosts, Vampires, Goblins, Witches
Flying, Scaring, Terrifying
Creepy, Crawly

Antonym diamante poem

Antonym Diamante Poem

Gentle, Sleepy
Purring, Meowing, Scratching
Whiskers, Fur, Collar, Leash
Barking, Licking, Digging
Slobbery, Playful

Diamante poem help

Diamante Poem Help

Write a Diamante Poem

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