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Poetry- Haiku

Poetry- Haiku


CCSS Language Standard: Grade 5

3. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.


This is a creative writing/poetry tutorial targeted to teach 5th graders, teaching them what a haiku poem is. This tutorial reflects upon the CCSS of Language by encouraging students to combine sentences for the haiku based on the typical haiku pattern of required syllables and...

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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.


Source: Japanese poetry. (2014, November 30). Retrieved December 3, 2014, from

Sample Haiku Poem

Source: Poetry & Prints: Haiku and You. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2014, from

Haiku pattern

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

Chrateristics of haiku

The following are typical of haiku:

  • A focus on nature.
  • A "season word" such as "snow" which tells the reader what time of year it is.
  • A division somewhere in the poem, which focuses first on one thing, than on another. The relationship between these two parts is sometimes surprising.
  • Instead of saying how a scene makes him or her feel, the poet shows the details that caused that emotion. If the sight of an empty winter sky made the poet feel lonely, describing that sky can give the same feeling to the reader.

Source: How to Write a Haiku Poem - Haiku Examples. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2014, from

Haiku Video

This video explains what a haiku is and the video also gives a definition of what syllables are.