Haiku: Poetry my boys loved and my daughter hated

November 1, 2011

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For writing today, I remembered a style of poetry we had a lot of fun with in school – Haiku.

It’s a Japanese style of poetry that based on a theme or image. However, it doesn’t usually rhyme. Instead it has a syllable pattern: 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third. (Clapping out syllables for a few example words and sentences really helped the younger kids.)

After explaining the basics, we wrote one together:

Kids running around
Making a lot of messes
Fun for everyone

Then the rest of the gang came up with one each on their own:

Our 11-year-old, in reference to his latest favorite game: Minecraft:
Mine some wood from trees
Make some wooden swords and tools
Go kill a creeper

My 10-year-old daughter stormed off, insisting “I’m going to do my own writing, instead of this dumb poetry”, proving that no lesson works for everyone and that puberty emotions are in full force at age 10.  🙂

Our 8-year-old boy:
I like Halloween
I can’t wait to trick or treat
Big bag of candy

And proving that imitation is the sincerely form of flattery, from our 6-year-old boy:

I like Halloween
People wear scary costumes
Big bags of candy

Overall a fun writing unit when you need a break from the daily grind.


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5 Comments so far

  1. docmisty January 13, 2012 8:28 pm

    Glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. ladysown January 11, 2012 11:52 pm

    that was a fun read. 🙂

  3. docmisty January 10, 2012 12:40 pm

    I know. The kids are not always predictable, are they? 🙂

  4. Cristina January 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    Hahaha! I think it’s just a girl thing. My older daughter never liked haiku either, preferring to do her own thing, but her brother could knock off a haiku really fast!

  5. Mary November 1, 2011 9:06 am

    My 15 yo ds despises poetry – I love it! Great Haikus!

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