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Paul W. Hankins @PaulWHankins
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We've been writing Garland Cinquain in #Room407. If you know Cinquain, a "garland" is made up of five stanzas. A sixth that is made from the other five. S1/L1, S2/L2. Often this poetic approach can lead to a surprise breakthrough to thesis/guiding statement for a writing project.
We work a lot of poetic form into our inquiry-based, multigenre writing project, T.H.I.S. (#THIS407). Often, poetic forms give us just enough structure and rules and boundaries (syllable and work count and meter) to help us break into and through our prose thinking (sentences).
Done with intention, a Cinquain form and the Garland Cinquain can be generative. These can invite not only twenty-five points of entry into a project or new pieces, it can offer a surprise Thesis or Guiding Statement into a longer project. #THIS407 #Room407 @AmerCreedMovie @ncte
Here is an an example of a Garland Cinquain I have written with my #Room407 students as part of my T.H.I.S. project (I create a project alongside of my students in the room): "One Poem":… @AmerCreedMovie @ncte
Writing beyond Cinquain stanza form into the RING and the GARLAND can also provide opportunities to talk about how a poetic stanza actually has the bones of something that could look like prose in revision. And, now the writer has five or six of these possibilities on the page.
Think about moving beyond Cinquain's rules to do syllable count (traditional) to work count lines within the stanzas. This is particularly effective for writing invitations including summary of a unit, a chapter of a book, or a shared novel in the room. Among-Curricular Poetry.
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