What is a Haiku?
Haikus are short, three line poems about nature that originated in Japan. Haikus follow a specific structure of 3 lines with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 syllables in the third line. Below you will find a template for a Haiku poem. And the great thing is they don’t have to rhyme.
The easiest way for learners to check the syllables is to tap, clap, or snap them out. Be sure to model writing haikus with the students.
Here are some examples of haikus.
Picture Books with Haikus
Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
Cool Melons – Turn to Frogs: The Life and Poems by Issa by Matthew Gollub
One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Mannis
More Poetry Lessons:
What to learn about other styles of poetry? This 5 Styles of Poetry Post will teach about the different styles and provides free templates for student use.
Want to learn more about teaching poetry? Read How to Teach Poetry (Even if You Hate It).
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