Here's a video. It tells you about haikus. Refrigerator.
...Oh, we so nailed it.
|4th Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||4th Grade|
Sure, it's fun to write poetry without any rules at all.
You can make up words, use no punctuation, and express yourself in any way you can imagine.
And that’s totally allowed.
But sometimes, it can be pretty fun to try and write poetry with rules. [Girl holding her no rules poem up]
And that's exactly what a haiku is.
A haiku is a special kind of poem that has a very specific structure. [Dino next to a blackboard]
It has three lines...
…the first line has five syllables...
…the second line has seven syllables….
…and the third line has five syllables, too.
Each haiku will sound something like this:
Dun dun dun dun dun Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun
Dun dun dun dun dun
Except, well, the “dun”s will be words.
Or you could just use "dun" and claim it's an abstract haiku. [Girl holding up her abstract haiku]
Maybe your teacher will let it fly. [The teacher doesn't look impressed]
But if you do choose words, you can’t choose interesting words without choosing a topic. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
It can be a fun topic, a nice topic, a weird topic, a gross topic – any topic at all.
It's all up to you.
We’re gonna go with the best topic of all – pizza. [Box opens to reveal a pizza with haiku written on it]
Now that you have a topic, go ahead and write down some nouns and adjectives that relate to it.
We've gone with cheesy, gooey, hot, delicious, and amazing…
And we’re also making ourselves hungry. [Guy eating a slice of pizza with stringy cheese]
Next, we write down the amount of syllables each word has next to that word.
So cheesy has two syllables.
Gooey has two, hot has one, delicious has three and amazing has 12.
…Heh. Just making sure you're still awake.
It actually has three.
All that's left to do is organize your words into lines so that each line has the right [The words being moved into lines]
number of syllables.
It'll look a little something like this…
Hot, cheesy pizza So gooey and delicious
Mmm, how amazing!
The first and third lines have five syllables and the second one has seven, so we did it! [The syllables being added up]
And as you can see, a haiku doesn’t have to rhyme, though it can if you want it to!
Now it’s your turn.
Write a haiku about anything you can possibly think of.
There's no rules at all! [Dino and Coop cheering]
Well, except the rules about the syllables and the lines…
Ehhh, you get the point.