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Old 04-22-2009, 02:35 PM
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This is a three line poem. The first line is five syllables. The second line is seven syllables. The third line is five syllables. The poem should create an image. They are usually about nature or feelings.

Teach students to count syllables in words first. Clapping once for each syllable is usually helpful.

Then teach adjectives and that they are describing words. Brainstorm lists of helpful adjectives to be used later in poems.

Then read several example haiku poems. Count the syllables and let students discover the pattern on their own rather than telling them.

Then write some poems together.

Finally, let them try to write one on their own. They will probably need help.

I would select a broad topic for their poems and do several read aloud picture books that make a connection to what they will be writing about. Leave these books out for them to look at again when they start writing on their own.

Maybe the ocean, rain forest, summer, mammals or something along these lines would be a good topic to write about.

Good luck!
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