October Poem of the Month: Summer to Fall Diamante Poem

October’s poem of the month is a special kind of poem that illustrates the transition from one thing to another – in this case summer to fall, perfect for October as signs of fall become more and more obvious each day.  It is a “diamante” poem because it has a diamond shape to the lines.  It has a very specific format which is good for kids who might get overwhelmed trying to write a whole poem from scratch.  With this poem, little poets just have to think of one individual word at a time and build their poems from there – and they end up sounding like “real” poetry!  It’s also good for teaching and practicing different parts of speech.  I have seen a few variations on the instructions in various teacher activity books, but after trying a few different versions this what worked best for my students:

Line 1:  “Summer”

Line 2:  Two adjectives that describe summer

Line 3:  Three “ING” words (gerunds) that you would do in the summer

Line 4:  Here’s where the transition starts – Two summer nouns followed by two fall nouns

Line 5:  Three “ING” words (gerunds) that you would do in the fall

Line 6:  Two adjectives that describe fall

Line 7: “Fall”

This poem was written years ago by one of my third graders:

Summer to Fall Poem

Summer to Fall Poem

After the kids made their final copies, I had them cut them out, glue them onto orange, red, yellow, or brown backgrounds and decorate them with fall stickers.  I would display them as always on my “Poem of the Month” bulletin board.

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