Lesson Plan

The World of Haiku

Print shows three women and a man having a small tea party beneath blossoming cherry trees.
Photo caption

Print shows three women and a man having a small tea party beneath blossoming cherry trees.

In this lesson, students explore the traditions and conventions of haiku, comparing this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre of Japanese visual art and composing haiku of their own.

Guiding Questions

What can we learn about Japanese culture by studying haiku?

Learning Objectives

To learn about the history and poetic conventions of Japanese haiku

To read and interpret classic examples of haiku

To compare the world of haiku with the world portrayed in Japanese woodblock prints

To practice writing haiku in English