Wind howls with anger
Suddenly, the lights go out.
Cold and darkness come.
Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that focuses on nature, a feeling... it really encapsulates a lot with just a few words. And what I like about it for teaching purposes at the elementary level is the rule about the syllables.
Haiku is written in three lines, with the following syllabification: 5 – 7- 5
After reading lots of Haiku together, we tried our hand at writing some. The students were totally engaged for a great length of time, with little intervention from me. Together, they counted syllables, to see what would work.
At this point, I generally just use haiku as a vehicle for teaching syllabification, while introducing students to this rich form of poetry, but every now and again, I am amazed at the result I get from some children. The sample above was written by a student in my class, inspired by this weekend’s snow storms!