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    By KT

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    I have taught haiku to 3,4 and 5th graders and they really seem to enjoy it. Some students get "stuck" with the limited # of syllables. So I suggest that on the rough copy they jot down the idea first, then count the syllables and add or subtract as needed. The ideas need to start flowing. We talk about synonyms with different syllables ( pretty, beautiful ). Also, the lines are not sentences so most little connecting words can be left out. We usually do a whole class brainstorming poem first, then branch out on our own poems. I always save some of the student poems and share with future classes on the overhead. They seem to enjoy other students' work and it gives them confidence. A few suggestions that I hope will help.

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