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In this two-day lesson, students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry (three lines, 5-7-5 syllable format) and focus on the content of the haiku. Over the course of two classes, students will reflect on their daily lives to find small moments of peace and/or happiness. Using these moments and/or observations, students will create a haiku and an accompanying photograph, which will be combined into a digital visual class anthology.
• Become familiar with the definition of haiku
• Learn to apply not just the basic 3 line, 5-7-5 syllable format, but also make content decisions to fit the haiku definition
• Practice reflective/observational writing
• Learn to connect visual interpretations to their own written work
• Learn to read their own work in an attempt to convey intended meaning
- Arts Enhanced
- Arts Integration
- Self-Directed Learning
- Group or Individual Instruction
What You'll Need
Teacher should be familar with the following:
For the second class period, teachers may need to reserve a computer lab with computers equipped with software capable of adding text to photographs.
Students with physical disabilities may need modified movements.
Resources in Reach
Here are the resources you'll need for each activity, in order of instruction.
Five Minute "Quick Write"
- First, have students watch the Sonia Sanchez clip about the haiku.
- Then, have students scribe their reactions to Mrs. Sanchez's thoughts on haiku.
- Following the quick write, the teacher will lead a brief discussion that generates a list of characteristics of a haiku based both on prior student knowledge and the video in the Resource Carousel above.
Teachers should make sure that student takes away the following characteristics:
Composed of three lines
Has a 5-7-5 syllable format
Doesn't discuss vioence, anger, killing
Modern haiku doesn't have to be about nature
Images must be directly observed/everey day occurrences
1) Brainstorming (20 minutes)
- Hand out Haiku Worksheet to students. Tell them that they will be writing haikus that illuminate a moment of happiness during their day.
- Begin with step one, having them respond to the questions listed. After approximately ten minutes, have them take a break and discuss their answers with a partner. During the discussion, students should feel free to jot down anything else that comes to mind.
- Daily breakfast of oatmeal and raisins
- Getting a few extra minutes of sleep on the bus
- Pizza from the lunch line
- When the bell rings ending 1st period
- Playing a game with a younger sibling
- Falling asleep reading a book
- Finally beating a video game
2) Visualize your image
- This is Step Two on the deliverable handout. Students should make a list of concrete images associated with their moment.
- A bowl of oatmeal and raisins
- A pillow
- A slice of pizza
- A clock
- A photo of the younger sibling or the game
- A book
- Video game controller
1) Haiku Your Moment
- Keeping in mind the characteristics of a modern haiku discussed earlier in the class period, students should craft a haiku based on their individual image of happiness.
- Time permitting, there should be some peer editing. Students should share their haiku with a partner or table group (depending on the set up of the classroom). Partners should make sure that the haiku follows the proper format (three lines, 5-7-5, clear images).
- If students do not finish this step, they should complete it for homework and bring in a finished haiku for the next class period.
2) Manipulate Your Image
- For this step, students should either have access to a computer lab so that they can search Creative Commons for an accompanying image for their haiku, or have access to digital cameras so that they can take their own photograph.
- Once an image is found/taken, students should use any photo manipulation program at their disposal (PowerPoint, Photoshop, Photostory, Paint) in order to add the text of their haiku to their image (see sample on deliverable).
- Students should save their image in a location where the teacher can access it for the anthology.
Once all of the images are collected, the teacher will need to put them all together in a digital anthology using a program such as PhotoStory. The program is free and very easy to use! Additionally, the teacher might want to download a piece of music from Creative Commons to accompany all of the haikus. This could be a class decision if there is time to have a discussion of what type of music should accompany writing of this sort. The digital anthology should be complete before the Reflection Day; if this isn’t a consecutive day, that’s fine!
1) View Digital Anthology
- Once the digital anthology is completed, the teacher should show the finished product to the students.
- The teacher should discuss the overall tone of the anthology. What did students learn about one another by observing their pieces? What did we learn about happiness? About humanity? Be sure to remind the students of their initial journal following the Sonia Sanchez clip – does the class anthology fit with her feelings on haiku?
Computer, projector, speakers, and the digital anthology.
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