Writing Skills
Learning Activity 6

One handout (11 pages)

6-1: Poetry Writing Folder

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) defined poetry as ʺthe art of exciting the imagination and touching the heart by selecting and arranging symbols and thoughts.ʺ In order to understand poetry, learners need to experience the process of writing poetry. Give learners a writing folder and ask them to keep all their assignments in the folder. Learners should be sincere in their writing and choose their best poem to share with the class. Instructions for the following poems are included in this section:

Most of the instructions are included on the instruction page for the learner. Below are the instructions for the Haiku Poem.

Instructions for the Haiku Poem

Label three bowls: Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives. Write words on slips of paper and put them into the appropriate bowls. Share some examples of Haiku poems, breaking down the syllable count for the learners. Ask learners to get into groups of three or four and draw several words from each bowl. Ask them to use these words to write a Haiku poem. Ask them to share their poem with other groups. Let them do this a couple of times. Ask learners to write two Haiku poems for their writing folder.