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Learning to write haiku poetry

on January 12, 2017

Second-graders at Park Avenue Elementary School are learning how to write haiku – a form of Japanese poetry.

student holding his poem

Traditional haiku are about nature – but can be about any topic – and have a very specific syllable structure – 17 syllables written in three lines of text: the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the last line has five syllables.

student showing her haiku poem

Together, second-graders in Mrs. Ramus’ class read many haiku poems and learned how to count syllables in the lines of text. Then each student created an individual winter Haiku in their journal notebooks.

student showing his poem

Working with a partner, the students checked each other’s poems for accuracy. Using the software program Wixie, the students published their poems, choosing their own backgrounds, pictures, fonts, and colors. Many liked the assignment so much, they created an additional animal haiku as well.

group shot of students with poems


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