Start with a Story: Rosa Parks


Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month in February?
I've got you covered!

I love launching lessons with a story!
So we are going to start with a story.....and read on to what we will end with!

Your students will read and reflect on the life of Rosa Parks 
and then create a cinquain poem to give a 'Snap Shot' of her life

A cinquain poem is a perfect format for creating an autobiographic snapshot of anyone's life.
A cinquain is a five-line poem the follows a word pattern:
Line 1: a one-word subject
Line 2: two adjectives to describe the subject
Line 3: three verbs (ending in -ing)
Line 4: four-word phrase about the subject
Line 5: one synonym

Students come to understand a person's life on a deeper level as they fill in this graphic organizer.
(Notice how it is very similar to a 'Tree Map'.)
Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month?  Take a look at how to use this cinquain poem to help your students take a deeper look at the life of Rosa Parks.
Start with a story - 
any autobiographical book on Rosa Parks you may have...
... or maybe you have a great Close Reading resource about her...

You can do this activity whole group, with partners, or individuals - 
depending on your students.

I prefer to fill in the the first page of 'Cinquain Poem Snapshot' page together.  As the students brainstorm together they are able to generate an abundance of words for the boxes.  It's good to have many words in each box, even though they will only choose a few.

Students refer back to the story to show evidence of the their choices of adjectives, verbs, and synonyms to describe Rosa Parks.

After they complete this page they are ready to publish their autobiographical poem!



Are you looking for a writing resource for Black History Month?  Take a look at how to use this cinquain poem to help your students take a deeper look at the life of Rosa Parks.
Don't you just love using a story to launch a lesson?!

Notice how we crossed so many subject
areas with this activity!
Social Studies
Reading
Summarizing
Grammar
Poetry Writing

If you would like to 'start with a story and end with a poem '
just click below to snag your copy.
What stories do you like to use to launch a lesson?

If you are looking for more writing resources for February -
check out my new 'Writing Resources for February'.
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