Poetry Lesson 2

What is a Haiku?

Say it like this – ‘Hi goo’

A haiku is a very short poem, just three lines and it doesn’t rhyme.

From what country did the haiku originate? Can you find out after this session?


How to write a Haiku

It is easy to learn to write a haiku, but it takes a lot of practice to learn how to do it well. You need to practice by writing a lot of them, so you get very good at it.

In the English version of a haiku, the first and last lines have five syllables each, and the middle line has seven syllables.


What is a syllable?

A syllable is a sound or beat in a word

Jim is one syllable – clap once

So is Ben – clap once

Poppy is two syllables – clap clap

Isobel is three syllables – clap clap clap

Joshua is also three syllables– clap clap clap


A haiku has 17 syllables in total. The pattern looks like this:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables


Use the Powerpoint to help you to write some haiku.


Draw a picture to go with your haiku (you could do this in an Art session)







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