Do You Haiku?

Welcome to the Poetry Workshop for Teens


Introduction. Task. Process.  Resources.  Evaluation.  Conclusions.

created by Mr.Mrtz 




This task is designed for students of seventh grade from Gimnasio Los Portales who would like to understand the community of Haiku poets, the origin of Haiku and to create a journal of haiku poems under the horizon of our school nature.




Joining together as writers and researchers, student from 7th grade will explore the scene of Haiku on



the school facilities or grounds from four different perspectives.  They will then create a journal with the information they’ve gathered and created.  The journal will be created using Microsoft Publisher.  they will also create a PowerPoint Presentation to introduce the class to the art form of Haiku. 




Students will work together to create an authentic pocket journal of Haiku poetry.  There are two phases to this project.  Phase one is research, phase two is the creation of the journal, and phase three is the creation of the PowerPoint presentation.


Phase One

There are four roles to take part in:

1. Historian

The historian is responsible for locating information about the great Haiku writers of the past.  This will include both Asian and American writers.  The historian will be responsible for writing a biographical history of haiku.  Your report should answer the following questions:

               1.  What is the history of Haiku?
                2.  Who are the great Haiku masters? (hint: there are at least four… )
                       Give a brief biography of them.

                3.  Who are the living contributors to the Haiku scene today?

 2. Beat Scene Scout

Your report will be to locate ten Haiku. The Haiku team will set off for a quest around the school grounds. Prepared with digital cameras, batteries, worksheets, tons of imagination and nature perception and appreciation will take pictures of the scenery. Forest, corridors, gardens among others will be source of where the mind´s eye will discover the beauty, sensibility, affection, and love for nature.

3. Scholar

The Scholar will locate the definitions of what a Haiku is.

Your report needs to answer the following question:

1.  Define Haiku.

4. Editor  

Your job will be to locate the haiku on a publisher format.  You will also preview the haiku in PowerPoint to create a template for both a journal and a PowerPoint presentation.  You will need to locate pictures suitable for a Haiku presentation and locate samples of other Haiku. 

All participants will be writing haiku poems to contribute as well.


Phase Two

Creating the journal.

It is compulsory to write ten Haikus with their corresponding pictures.

This journal will be named by the student team.  Final drafts will be approved by the Editor.  Compilation and organization of the journal will be a team effort.

The idea here is to create a journal based upon the facts that the members have accumulated.  For example, a journal of traditional haiku could be made by inserting them in a plastic pocket.

Be creative and have fun!


Phase Three

The goal of the PowerPoint presentation is to inform your peers of the world of Haiku.  The idea is to inform, not bore, do not lose the perspective that it is an enjoyable task and so keep it brief, as you will be handing out the journal to your peers.

Goals for PowerPoint Presentation:

Create a 10 slide presentation.

Use appropriate graphics and sounds for a Haiku presentation.


Print Resources



Blythe, R.H.  Haiku.  Four volumes.  Japan.  Hokuseido Press. 1981.

Hass, Robert.  The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson and Issa.  New Jersey
     Ecco Press.  1994.

Henderson, Harold G.  An Introduction to Haiku: An Anthology of Poems and Poets from
     Basho to Shiki.  Vermont.  Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1958.

Higginson, William.  The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share and Teach Haiku.  New York.
     McGraw-Hill.  1985.

Janeczko, Paul B.  Stone Bench in an Empty Park.  New York.  Orchard Books.  2000.

Ross, Bruce.  Haiku Moment:  An Anthology of North American Haiku.  New York.  Charles E.
     Tuttle Co.  1993.

Van Den Heuvel, Cor.  The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English.  New York.  W.W.
     Norton.  1999.

Wright, Richard.  Haiku: This Other World.  New York.  Arcade Publishing.  1998.




Each student will be given an individual and group grade based on the Journal and PowerPoint Presentation.  A rubric for the journal is below.  The haiku journal will be assessed as one grade of the 60%  

Haiku Journal

Name: ________________________

Teacher: Mr.Mrtz


Date Submitted: ____________

Title of Work: ___________________













Sequence of information is difficult to follow.

Reader has difficulty following work because student jumps around.

Student presents information in logical sequence which reader can follow.

Information in logical, interesting sequence which reader can follow.


Content Knowledge

Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.

Student is uncomfortable with content and is able to demonstrate basic concepts.

Student is at ease with content, but fails to elaborate.

Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required).


Grammar and Spelling

Work has four or more spelling errors and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation has three misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation has no more than two misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.



Work is Illegible.

Work has three or four areas that are sloppy.

Work has one or two areas that are sloppy.

Work is neatly done.



Work displays no references.

Work does not have the appropriate number of required references.

Reference section was completed incorrectly

Work displays the correct number of references, written correctly.










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