A pensee poem is a 5-line, non-rhyming patterned poem that is both fun and easy to create! Like many other poem patterns, it is a great opportunity to practice syllables.
Here is the pattern for writing a pensee:
Line 1: Subject (2 syllables)
Line 2: Description (4 syllables)
Line 3: Action (7 syllables)
Line 4: Setting (8 syllables)
Line 5: Final thought (6 syllables)
One way to use this pattern (or any poetry pattern ) is to give the students a broad subject, such as “animals,” “grandparents,” or “Valentine’s Day,” and then have each student write several pensee poems on that subject. Students can choose their favorite ones to illustrate for display. Poetry patterns can also make a terrific enrichment activity. Great for subs, too!