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Haiku Fun!

Yamile Sanchez


Students learn about haiku poems and develop and illustrate a haiku poem of their own.


The student recognizes the uses of language found in children's literature (for example, sensory words, rhymes, and choice of vocabulary).


-Samples of famous haiku poems by Shirao and other authors on transparencies
-Copies of the rubric for students
-White paper
-Pencil or Pen


1.Collect haiku examples to share with the class
2. Know what a haiku poem is and be ready to discuss with the class.
3. Make transparencies of all haiku poems that are to be used as examples during class discussion.
4. Make copies of poem scoring rubric (see file)
5. Have paper and supplies ready for students to use


1. Read a loud a haiku poem by Shairao
Example: My hometown;
I feel like talking
To ume and willow trees

2. Use this poem to show students how to develop a haiku

3. Define haiku

Haiku is one of the most important forms of traditional
Japanese poetry, it is a 17 syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It must also relate to nature.

4. Show another haiku poem

Example: An old pond!
A frog jumps in
The sound of water.

5. Ask one child to come up to the overhead and count each syllable in each line and to point as he counts with his pen or pencil.

6.Do the same for 3 more poems (have 3 different children come up to count each syllable with pen)

Example: The first soft snow!
Enough to bend the leaves
Of the jonquil low.

Example: No one travels
Along his way but I,
This autumn evening.

Example: In all the rains of May
There is one thing not hidden
The bridge at Seta Bay.

7.Have students brainstorm ideas for their haiku poem
that they will develop in class (5 minutes)
8.Students develop poem and illustrate poem (25 minutes)
9.Students read aloud poems and show illustration to class
10. Assess students' work with check list


Assess students by using a check list. Each check is worth 1 point so the highest score a student would be able to receive is 5/5 (see associated file)

Web Links

Web supplement for Haiku Fun!
Famous Haiku Poems By Shairao

Web supplement for Haiku Fun!
My Own Haiku Poems and How to Write Them

Attached Files

Check List for haiku poem assignment     File Extension: pdf

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