Not Just 575: Traditional Japanese Haiku

Haikuis one of the most popular poetic forms. While most people know that haiku are composed of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, there are several other characteristics of traditional Japanese haiku. We discussed traditional Japanese haiku in class today. The Powerpoint I created to guide our discussion is posted below. After the discussion, students rotated through stations around the room where pictures were posted. These pictures of natural life guided students’ composition of haiku. I asked students to focus on writing poems which evoked seasonal images rather than focus on strict adherence to the 5-7-5 pattern. Some of their compositions are posted here.

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