Creative Writing Warm Up Activity: Haiku

Flowers I found hiking in Graveyard Fields

Many teachers have used the Haiku style in classrooms, and I would say they teach it incorrectly.

Teachers will tell the class the Haiku style is a poetic structure that uses three lines. The first and last line have 5 syllables and the middle like has 7 syllables. Then, they try to get the students to write a haiku with this 5-7-5 structure without explaining why the structure exists. Lastly, students produce really bad poetry, and many of the students leave the lesson thinking that a haiku poem is easy, stupid, or have no respect for the concept.

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