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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.

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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.

Bringing 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.

Children's Haiku Garden
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.

Dhugal J. Lindsay's Haiku Universe
Information on how to create haiku both within this web site as well as through links to other sites.

English-Language 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.

Exploring Haiku
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

Haiku for People
The history of haiku along with samples from famous authors. There is also a collection of poems organized by theme.

Haiku Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for upper elementary teachers.

Monarch Haiku
In this AskEric lesson plan, grade 2-3 students apply what they've learned about the spring migration of monarch butterflies to a haiku.

Sample Poetry Study Unit Outline: Haiku From Sound to Meaning
An outline of a 2-3 teaching unit for Grade 6 students from Saskatchewan Education.

[The] 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 sample poems.
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.

Those 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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