Writing Activity: Haiku

Using images of nature to create a haiku

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.

Possible Props: 

Clip boards, pencils, handout with haiku examples. 


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Description — by Margaret Grace VanderVliet (April 20 2017 @ 12:57 pm)
Haiku — by Margaret Grace VanderVliet (April 20 2017 @ 12:57 pm)
Nature — by Margaret Grace VanderVliet (April 20 2017 @ 12:58 pm)

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