Poetry: Haiku Poetry

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In this lesson, students will learn how to recognize the features of haiku poetry. Haiku is a type of short-form poetry originally from Japan.
2. Haiku is a
traditional form
of Japanese
3. •The very first books ever
written in Japanese were
collections of legends and
•The most famous kind of
Japanese poem is the haiku, a
very short poem with only
three lines.
4. The most famous haiku poet
was Basho (1644-1694).
This is an English translation
of his best known poem:
The old pond
A frog jumps in
Sound of water
5. Haiku poems consist of
3 lines…
The first and last lines
of a Haiku have 5
syllables and the middle
line has 7 syllables.
6. Here’s a Haiku to help
you remember…
I am first with five
Then seven in the middle--
Five again to end.
7. A syllable is a part of a word
pronounced as a unit. It is
usually made up of a vowel
alone or a vowel with one or
more consonants.
The word “syllable” has 3
syllables: syl–la-ble
8. How many How many
syllables are syllables are
in the word in the word
poetry haiku?
3 syllables: 2 syllables:
po-e-try hai-ku
9. Since the
Haiku poet
only has 3
lines to work
with, Haiku
poems are
usually written
about one
simple thing.
10. An animal, a season of
the year, a raindrop or
a snowflake are all
examples of things you
might write a Haiku
11. •Haiku poems can almost act
like a riddle.
•Try writing a Haiku poem
about a certain animal, but
don’t mention the animals
•See if your friends can
guess what you wrote about.
12. Here is an example…
Green and speckled legs,
Hop on logs and lily pads
Splash in cool water.
13. What animal do you think this
Haiku is describing?
14. Before you write your own
What types of things
are haiku poems
usually written
Things found in
15. How many How many
lines does a syllables in
haiku poem each line?
have? First line: 5
Second line: 7
3 lines
Third line: 5
16. Now it’s your turn…
Write your own “What
am I?” Haiku