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Diamante Poetry. “I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr. Sample Diamante Poem. Winter white and silver fading, sleeping, slowing down March exchanges vows with April nodding, rising, waking up green and goldburst Spring. Characteristics of Diamante Poetry.

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    1. Diamante Poetry “I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2. Sample Diamante Poem • Winter • white and silver • fading, sleeping, slowing down • March exchanges vows with April • nodding, rising, waking up • green and goldburst • Spring

    3. Characteristics of Diamante Poetry • Lines two and six are two adjectives describing the beginning and ending nouns • Lines three and five, three participles (-ing or -ed words) also describing the nouns • Line four, the pivotal turning point, which may be four words or a phrase • Polarities with potential: • good/evil • sunlight/shadow • dream/nightmare • Beauty/Beast • Pass/fail • Week day/weekend • The trick is the fourth line—making the transition smooth.

    4. Freedom Precious, Exclusive Appreciated, Loved, Protected Jewel, Right, Restraint, Hate Confined, Controlled, Condemned Expensive, Heartless Discrimination Play the audio recording“I Have a Dream”

    5. Assignment! • As you listen to the speech, plan your diamante structure. • Write a diamante poem! • Share…publish!

    6. Assignment • Create a diamante poem based on Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. • Your finished diamante should capture the powerful relationship between the two words that you've chosen as your focus.

    7. References • http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=258 • http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson258/diamante_cheat.pdf • http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson258/Power_assignment.pdf • http://www.webenglishteacher.com/speech.html