Haikus- The Nature Poem

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SWBAT write Haikus with three lines in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

Big Idea

Express your feelings about nature in a Haiku!


10 minutes

Over the next couple of days you will be learning about the poetry form of Haikus.  I want you to activate your background knowledge of Haikus.  Last year we read Cool Melons Turn to Frogs.

Show book and say, "Listen to the haikus and be ready to discuss with your partner the topics, number of lines and syllables in each line"

Read a Haiku.  Turn and talk.

Now I will read a few more.  Listen and think about how the poets wrote them.

Turn and talk, process what the students say.

"Yes, Haikus traditionally are written about nature.  They have three lines in a stanza and the usually pattern is 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.


Show examples.  Have students volunteer to read them.

Show more examples.

Read and discuss number of words versus number of syllables. 

"What a wonderful

Day, no one in the village

Doing anything

Independent Writing

30 minutes

Use your A-Z Taxonomy or create another list of nature topics that you want to write a haiku about.

Remember to use the structure of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.  You may have more than one stanza in your Haiku.

If you finish writing one, then start another.  You will share your haikus with your partner and with the class.


Student Share

10 minutes

During the share, students will read their Haiku to their partner.  After everyone shares with each other, ask for volunteers to read their Haiku to the class.

Students will listen and give compliments to each other.

Cherry Blossoms

Natives are Coming

Wind is Really Brisk