A 13 Page handout for students including;
What is Haiku, Subject Matter of Haiku, The Haiku mind, Haiku Legends (Basho and Ezra Pound), How to start to write Haiku ( A Micro/Macro visual Task - students view single images and record their first thoughts in words or phrases. The images are a Micro/Macro of a Rainbow Jumping spider. Students record their thoughts about the two views of the image which would vary significantly. This will give a wide range of words and phrases for students to use in writing their Haiku) , Students write a Spider Haiku - printed spider body included.
The last part of the Handout is called 'Write Like a Samurai".
Samurai were renowned for their great fighting skill. Their love of the natural environment was also very important to them. During times of peace Samurai practiced the art of writing, particularly enjoying writing Haiku.
Students Task: They are presented with 3 pages of environments a Samurai may have come across on his travels. For each of these environments students are asked to write a Haiku following the 5,7,5 Syllable format. Students will study the environment illustrated, record phrases/ words that come to mind then publish their Haiku on the pages provided.
A variety of activities for students and guided writing allows for a accessible start to Haiku poetry writing.
Aimed at Junior Secondary