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Write a "Diamante Poem"

How you can help at home: Have your child write a line poem in the shape of a diamond.

By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

In this activity your child writes a diamante poem, a diamond- shaped seven-line poem. In doing so your child works with antonyms (opposites), nouns, adjectives and verbs.

The line pattern for the poem is:

Line 1: One noun that is the opposite of line 7
Line 2: Two adjectives that describe line 1
Line 3: Three action verbs ending in -ing that describe line 1
Line 4: Four nouns
First 2 nouns relate to line 1
Last 2 nouns relate to line 7
Line 5: Three action verbs ending in -ing that describe line 7
Line 6: Two adjectives that describe line 7
Line 7: One noun that is contrasting to line 1

What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Thesaurus (optional)
  • Art materials, such as crayons, markers and paints (optional)

Here's How To Do It

Explain to your child what a diamante poem is.

Review the line pattern with her and look at examples of diamante poems. Help her come up with topics to write about. She can use a thesaurus to look up words and their antonyms. Have her write the diamante poem following the line pattern. When she is finished she may illustrate a picture to go with the poem.

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