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Powerful Poetry

Eric Orlando


Students learn about Haiku poetry and then use what they have learned to write informally in their journals.


The student writes informally (for example, journal entries, reading response, poetry).


-Thirty Haiku poems (See Weblinks)
-Writing paper
-Chart Tablet
-Pencils and crayons
-Student writing journals
-Haiku Template (See associated file)


1. Locate information of the history, importance, and value of a Haiku.
2. Gather thirty Haiku's to be used in class from this website
3. Gather photographs that go along with the Haiku's that are being used. The photographs can be found in books and magazines. This will help to paint a picture in the child's mind.
4. Have all supplies ready for the children.


1. Gain the attention of the students by reading a Haiku. (See Weblinks for a site that contains examples.)

2. Make sure the children are able to comprehend the Haiku's meaning.

3. Teach that a Haiku poem in English has seventeen syllables divided into three lines (five syllables in the first, seven in the second, and five in the third).

4. Have the students practice reading different Haiku poems and coming up with what image and feelings that are trying to be portrayed. Also have them count out the syllables as a reinforcement of the pattern.

5. Have the class as a whole create a Haiku.

6. Have students brainstorm topics they would for their original Haiku poems. These can be listed on the board. Encourage them to list things in nature and feelings.

7. Walk around the room providing assistance as students begin creating their own poems.

8. Offer feedback as students create their own Haiku poetry.

9. Students copy this into their writing journals after editing from your feedback and guidance.

10. Students will then write a few sentences stating whether they enjoyed reading and writing Haiku poetry and telling why or why not.

11. Assess journal entries.


Assess the students informally as they read and talk about Haiku poetry. Formatively assess the journal writing. Students should make an effort to use correct form for the poetry but should only be assessed on whether or not they wrote in their journals about liking or not liking Haiku poetry and their reasons.


This lesson can be extended into another lesson that deals with different forms of poetry. The lesson can also be modified for ESOL students by having some of the Haiku's in their native language. This will help them to see how the Haiku paints a vivid picture in the mind of the reader.

Web Links

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