Write Your Own Haiku!

write your own haikuThe past couple of days, the kids have been writing their own Haikus during our writing workshop time. Your family might have fun with this too!

What is a haiku? It is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  These seem simple as they are only three lines, but the kids found it to be tricky!

A haiku has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 syllables in the last (for a total of 17 syllables).

Generally, a haiku has a seasonal word or phrase.  And haikus use sensory images (see, hear, taste, feel, touch) to paint an image in the reader’s mind.

We gave it a go in our homeschool. The first one was by DD:

Roaring like a lion

Crashing its thunderous waves

Whisking leaves downstream.

Lone tadpole hovers

February sun warms the pond

Is it too early?

Stars dot the night sky

Disappear when bats fly by

Silent in their quest

How do your kids do?! (Feel free to send me theirs and I’d be happy to publish it here on the blog!)

Other Writing Resources Here on the Blog:

5 Tips for Helping Kids to Write – Writing Resource Pack (Currently Free!)

Writing HomeschoolDo you want to learn more about starting your own Homeschool Writing Workshop? Here are some related posts:






Mini-Lessons to Use in a Writing Workshop:

  1. What makes a good book or story?
  2. Make your story come alive with details and description.
  3. Creating Interesting Characters
  4. Story Openings: Set the mood or feeling of your story
  5. Gathering story ideas from your own life
  6. Alliteration and more
  7. MiniLesson – Describing in Detail – Adding Details Exercise – Fun Activity!(Don’t miss this one, the kids LOVED this activity!!)
  8. Writing Workshop: Conflict in Literature (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Self, etc)
  9. Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson: Rules for Writing and the Story Writing Process — Have your kids read the Plot Chicken? We started our Writing Workshop this year off with this book. What a great buk, buk!!  In fact, I liked it so much that I created a chicken writing rules printable to go along with the book!
  10. Writing Scary Stories – Writing Workshop Mini-LessonWriting-Scary-Stories-Free-Printable
  11. Writing Workshop: Depth and Complexity Icons
  12. Writing: Show Don’t Tell Practice Worksheets (Free Packet) – Actually I included these in the resource packet above too!

show-dont-tell-writing-worksheetsYou might be interested in our FREE grammar practice worksheets at the language arts resource tab above


Check out some of the curriculum we use for Language Arts – Literature, Spelling, Grammar, Vocabulary here:

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