Writing to Learn: Haiku

Writing to Learn: Haiku

Use an artwork as a prompt for a haiku poem. This activity enables students to activate their imaginations, gives them a framework for connecting personally with art, and their critical observation skills.

Grade Level:
College, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Subject Area:
English, Visual Arts
Activity Type:
Gallery Activity

Writing to Learn: Haiku

Haiku

Use or adapt the following as a prompt for writing a haiku.

Haikus rose to popularity in Japan during the 17th century, and they are now popular all over the world.  A haiku relies on the rhythmic beats (syllables) of language. In a haiku, the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Here’s an example:

A mountain village

under the piled-up snow

the sound of water.

-Masaoka Shiki

Try writing a haiku about a work of art.  A template is below.

Five syllables

Seven syllables

Five syllables