Always has 3 lines
Syllables: five, seven, five

Deep meaning, few words.

Part I: Haiku or not?
Number your paper 1-9. Read each “poem” and decide if it is a haiku or not. If it is write “yes” if it isn’t write “no” and explain why not.

1.One, two, three, four, five
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
One, two, three, four, five

2.Old pond,
Frog jump in,
Water sound.

3.I am a sumo,
I am fat with a diaper,
There is no comfort.

4.Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

5.Rain, rain go away.
Come again another day.
Rain, rain go away.

6.Haikus don’t make sense.
They don’t even rhyme at all.
Why must we do this?

7.Could this be a Haiku? It is only one line though. Oh really, is it?

8.He’s a spiderman,
He does whatever a spider can.
Run, jump, climb spiderman.

9.This is not haiku.
Really, this is not haiku.
I told you it’s not.

Part II: Write your own haiku poems. Write one about something from Japan (you may use your notes) and write one about any topic you want.

Adapted from Mr. Roughton