6th Grade Haiku
Mr. Goodrich’s sixth grade class has been dabbling with different types of poetry. Our latest adventure involved studying Japanese haiku and trying our hand at creating our own works.
A Japanese haiku is an original form of poetry with seventeen syllables and three lines. The three lines are divided with the first and third lines each having five syllables and the second line containing seven syllables. Originally, haiku were related to nature or the natural world. Haiku are loaded with imagery and are used to compare two seemingly unrelated themes.
The sixth graders had to compose two original haiku linking themes in nature. Then they were given the opportunity to stretch the boundaries and write a haiku following any theme as long as they included the original 5,7,and 5 syllable pattern.
Here are some examples of the haiku that were written by the students:
The leaves are falling Water pounding down
One by one off every tree Wet and humid everywhere
Ready for winter With rocks all around
By Emily M. By Priyanka M.
Colors in beauty The snow falling down
Different shapes and designs Blankets of snow on the trees
Grow with green stem With the crisp cold air.
By Kayley T. by Matti S.
Bumblebees buzz songs The poor little rock
The trees sway to their music Getting hid around the room
While the bullfrogs dance And has lost his eye
By Bettie C. by Collin H.
White and black on people With tracks on the road
In a courtyard riots break out The sun peeking through the trees
This is what we are The road was endless
By Gage B. By Emma R.