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Marci McGowan

Marci McGowan


International Literacy Association (ILA)



Spring Lake, NJ
First-Grade Teacher

"Whenever I'm asked to recommend an online literacy resource that features best practice, ReadWriteThink is first on my list! Lessons are aligned with standards, are clear, and include a variety of resources and extensions."

Marci McGowan's Story
Poetry Writing: Try Partnerships!

When I read Traci Gardner's Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity, I knew I had found just the right culminating activity for our unit on poetry and pattern writing. I also was looking for an activity that would allow for shared writing in partnerships. The lesson plan included helpful resources: Apple Graphic Organizer, Sample Cinquains handout, and Cinquain Reflections Worksheet.

One of the strengths of ReadWriteThink lessons is that they are so easy to modify for my particular class's needs. At first I divided the lesson into two class sessions, with the initial time used for reading many of the sample poems offered in the sample cinquain handout and for writing our own whole-class cinquain. We also decided on writing partnerships (some students preferred to work alone) and selected topics for the poems. I was really glad to see that several students wanted to try writing with a partner. I was interested to see how strong individual writers would be able to write together! The second session was devoted to writing the poems using my graphic organizer based on the Apple Graphic Organizer. The next day, students completed a self-assessment checklist and began their illustrations. All the students were engaged, successful, and eager to share. Their writing reflected what they had learned about describing words, action words, nouns, and working together. Thanks, ReadWriteThink!



Related Resource

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.


Story Highlights  

I love teaching young children about reading and writing! I also love spending time with my family (including seven grandchildren), rereading Jane Austen classics, and updating my website (http://www.mrsmcgowan.com/).