Teachers and docents find that writing with art is an exciting, productive activity. Whether you are in a museum or a classroom, the following ideas and prompts can be springboards to writing for many purposes.
Engagement Strategies: How many of you have seen something in nature the you wanted to take a picture of? A Japanese haiku is an ancient type of poetry that is a snapshot in words. Read some examples together. What do we know about haiku after reading these poems?
Clarify: 5-7-5 syllable structure. Also that theme of nature and capturing a single moment in time. Simplicity.
Questions / Activities:
- Share information on calligraphy and poetry found on scrolls if using those.
- Choose a piece in the gallery and spend time with that piece. Write your own haiku following the structure from the study done earlier.
- Share the haiku with a partner or the whole group.
Clip boards, pencils, handout with haiku examples.