Many classes study poetry in the spring. Maybe because poetry calls on our creative side and spring reminds us of new life.
I was working with a third grader on writing a haiku poem about nature. We started with reading several offerings on chipmunks, the beach, squirrels and daffodils. We counted out the syllables to get the 5-7-5 pattern of beats per line and then brainstormed on what topic she wanted to write her poem about.
Concepts that a child needs to understand to build her poem:
- matching her phrase to the number of syllables required per line
- lines don’t need to be complete sentences but can be a thought, description or feeling
- the poem needs to hang together in thought through the three lines
- eliminate unnecessary words to keep the writing compact