How to Write a Haiku

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A haiku is the focus of an activity that challenges scholars to draft an original poem. Authors discover the origin and components of a haiku, read three example poems, then follow six steps to compose their own. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a handout or poster that lists the activity's six steps for learners to reference while they write 
  • Revisit the activity to give participants the opportunity to boost their haiku writing skills 
  • Plan a poetry showcase in which class members read their poems aloud to the class or in small groups 
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity can be lead by a teacher or followed independently by a pupil 
  • Participants should have knowledge of syllables and how to count them 
Pros

  • Thoroughly explains how to write a haiku 
  • Topics are funny, nature, and seasons
  • The plan encourages practicing writing
Cons

  • None