Take a little trip with my post, “Traveling with Students on a Lifelong Haiku Journey” (EDUCATION NEWS, 11/23/15), where I show a novice’s approach to teaching the reading and writing of haiku. And, if you think about it, with all the social media and compressed language kids are growing up with, on Twitter, for example, where 140 characters make up a Tweet, this poetry proved to be a road to self-expression and self-discovery. The way haiku is taught with 17 syllables in 2 or 3 lines fits right in with today’s electro-techno speedy reality.
The article, including a sample from my students’ haiku anthology, Dancing in the Spring Rain, describes our collaborative haiku journeys in the classroom. It traces the children’s poems back to their imagery, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Student haikus are shown with comments, explanations, and the results of teaching haiku reading and writing in an inner-city school.