Read and Record Haikus!

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 14061

Discovering form,
Syllables dance in my mind,
Haiku blooms with joy.

What's a haiku? Learn about this special type of poem, how to read them, and write one yourself!


Software and Applications, Verbal Communication, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Did you know that haikus are one of the shortest forms of poetry?

It's true! Check out this haiku animation.

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This animation shows a haiku in a visual way with images as well as words.

  • Neat, right?

Haiku poetry can be represented as an animation and audio recording, which is what you will get to create in this lesson! Let's begin!

Haikus are one of the shortest and most ancient forms of poetry, originating in Japan.

Haikus are unique because they only have three lines with a specific number of syllables in each line.

  • The first line has 5 syllables.
  • The second line has 7 syllables.
  • The third line has 5 syllables.

Haiku poetry is fun to create and read and often has deep meaning. Many haiku poems are about nature or the natural world.

Watch the following video to learn more.

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The syllable pattern in haikus makes them especially fun to read out loud.

Watch the beginning of the video below to see two examples of spoken haikus.

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  • Are you ready to practice reading and recording a haiku?

It is important to read the haiku slowly and clearly. You may want to pause for a moment after each line as well.

Before you record the haiku by Yosa Buson below, practice reading it a few times out loud.

  • Blown from the west,
  • fallen leaves gather
  • in the east.

When ready, follow these steps to record your haiku in the space below. [IMPORTANT NOTE: If your browser does not allow recording, use another online resource or smartphone.]

  1. Click the red Record button to begin.
  2. Click the Pause button if you need to pause and the Continue button to continue.
  3. Click the Done button to end your recording.
  4. Click the small black triangle to play your recording.
  5. Click the Retry button if you would like to try again.
  6. Click the Download button to save your recording.

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Great job!

Continue recording poetry in the Got It? section!

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