L. Arts Mini-Spark #8: Can you Haiku?


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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It often centers around nature.
Haiku poems don’t rhyme; they follow a pattern.


The pattern for haiku is the following:
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables

Try to count out the syllables in an example written by Basho Matsuo’s

An old silent pond…               (How many syllables did you count?)

A frog jumps into the pond,           (How about this line?)

splash! Silence again.                  (Does this line follow the rule?)

How to write your haiku
Brainstorm words that are about your topic     For example: rain, clouds, soft breezes
Choose the words that you like from this list.
Count the syllables (parts) of the words.
Put them together using the pattern.

Your challenge-Choose a topic or theme (nature, sports, family, school, friendship, etc.) and brainstorm a list of many words related to your topic.
Then, write 3-5 haiku style poems about the topic/theme you picked out.
Your poems need to follow the 5-­‐7-­‐5 syllable pattern.
Include at least one original picture with your poems.

Send your work to the EY coordinator in your building.

images from http://www.ippmagazine.com and




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