Poetry and other creative writing


Haiku (description from resource 1)

  • Haiku is a contemplative poetry that emphasizes nature, color, season, contrasts and surprises. Usually it has 3 lines and 17 syllables distributed in a 5, 7 and 5 syllable pattern. It should show a sensation, impression or drama of a specific fact or concept. It's almost like a photo of some specific moment.
  • More than inspiration, it's need meditation, effort and perception to compose a real Haiku. Using a Haiku assignment in science requires student to concentrate on the major concepts and vocabulary of the assigned topic. Doing this creates links between the information and how the student’s perceptions.
  • Student instructions: Haiku is a form of poetry from Japan. It is a minimalist form of poetry with the following form that follows this pattern:
  • • 17 syllables
  • • 5 syllables in the first line
  • • 7 syllables in the second line
  • • 5 syllables in the third line

Cinquain (description from resource 1)

  • A cinquain is a five-line poem written about a single concept, object or idea. Cinquains were developed by an American poet, Adelaide Crapsy, after examining the Japanese haiku format. The format is a short, unrhymed poem of twenty-two syllables and five lines. The five lines contain 2, 4, 6, 8 then 2 syllables. Each line is supposed to deal with a specific aspect of the cinquian’s topic. It follows this form:
  • • The first line consists of two syllables (the title).
  • • The second line consists of four syllables (describes the title).
  • • The third line consists of six syllables (states an action).
  • • The fourth line consists of eight syllables (expresses a feeling).
  • • The last line consists of two syllables (another word for the title).

Limerick (description from resource 1)

  • A limerick has FIVE Lines. The last words of the first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other. The last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. The first, second and fifth lines are longer than the third and fourth lines. The pattern of sounds follows the pattern: Da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
  • General form for a limerick
  • • The form or pattern of limerick writing must be followed.
  • • The limerick must be original and not copied from somewhere
  • • The limerick must be G or PG-13 rated. Anything else gets you into trouble.
  • • The Science topic or concept assigned must be addressed in the limerick.


  • Haiku
Slimy earthworm squirm
Deeper into the wet ground
To cultivate land
  • Cinquain
Moisture, Falling
Sustain, Nourish, Cleansing
Teardrop Diamond Dropping Earthward
  • Limerick
Physics Topic: Heat and Energy
The physics test was quite near-o,
And all thought everything was quite clear-o;
"Why study this junk
I'm sure I won't flunk,"
But then he earned an Absolute Zero.


  1. El Paso Schools AVID documents (the poetry is from Processing Strategies, a Microsoft Word document)
  2. Acrostic poem example & document
  3. Resource 3