Haiku Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which supplement the study of haiku. CLN's
theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within
a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Your Creative Work On-Line
General Haiku Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to haiku. Please read our disclaimer.
Haiku Back to Life
- A three week, cross disciplinary teaching unit in which Grade 7 students
use technology (Powerpoint, Web research) to learn more about haiku and communication.
- An opportunity to see haiku poems written and illustrated by children from
Japan, United States, Canada, and Britain. Teachers can also submit poetry
written by their students.
J. Lindsay's Haiku Universe
- Information on how to create haiku both within this web site as well as
through links to other sites.
Haiku on the Web
- While haiku written in Japanese follows very strict guidelines, the composition
of English haiku can vary. The authors of this site "promote a view of haiku
as a genre with its own historical traditions, and we reject the view of haiku
as a poetic form consisting of five-seven-five syllables." The site contains
the work of similarly minded people with sections dedicated to current and
archived samples of haiku, haiku poets, haiku magazines, and haiku books.
- A lesson plan for junior and senior high school students consisting of
three independent parts and involving web activities.
- A series of haiku essays, articles, samples, and links from AHAPOETRY.com.
- The history of haiku along with samples from famous authors. There is also
a collection of poems organized by theme.
- A lesson plan for upper elementary teachers.
- In this AskEric lesson plan, grade 2-3 students apply what they've learned
about the spring migration of monarch butterflies to a haiku.
Poetry Study Unit Outline: Haiku From Sound to Meaning
- An outline of a 2-3 teaching unit for Grade 6 students from Saskatchewan
Shiki Internet Haiku Salon
- Here's a comprehensive site on the haiku. There's an introduction to the
art form (including a lesson plan), information about Masaoka Shiki (the creator
of the haiku) and other significant figures, an essay on the importance of
'season' words, descriptions of various schools of haiku, a link to a contest,
access to dedicated listservs, and a biweekly newsletters including lots of
- Inspired by haiku, SciFaiku poems are short, minimal poems about science
and science-fiction topics. Learn more about this genre, read poems, or share
yours with others at this site.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "haiku"
will produce at least one hit. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the
tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
Women Writing Haiku
- This on-line book by Jane Reichhold tells the history of women who wrote
haiku. Her history starts at the beginning of recorded history in Japan, includes
expansion into Europe and North America and ends in 1990 back in Japan. Chapter
4 is dedicated to Canada and includes sample poems by Canadian authors.
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