On the previous Thursday, I planned a quick and easy course to writing a Haiku (copy of the plan and her work bellow)! The learning process I created is split into different sections to make it easier to learn.
On the Friday, I introduced the lesson to her and gave a brief explanation as to what a Haiku is and it's history. The first thing I then did was introduce her to the rules as this is the bare bones of a Haiku. With out them, it's just a verse! She wrote the rules down in her worksheet so she can look back at them while writing!
We then moved on to discussing syllables and how to count them. I explained what they are before we went on to counting the syllables in her name and other words using claps. She was able to work all of them out with little trouble! We quickly moved on to the five senses. Using the senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch), she zoomed into the picture shown to her. By simply answering what she would see, hear, smell, taste, and feel if she where in the photo, she was able to generate an accurate structure to a description.
After that, I showed her two examples of a Haiku - one about the beach and another about spring.
‘Sand scatters the beach
Waves crash on the sandy shore
Blue waters shimmer’
Honeybees collecting nectar
Flowers bloom in spring.’
I then asked her opinion on both so she could generate a subconscious success criteria. She claimed to like the first one (about the beach) because it was more 'detailed' than the second.
Now, with all the needed information, she went ahead to start planning her own Haiku describing another picture. I started by asking her to use the five senses to zoom into the picture shown. She easily listed what she would see, hear, smell, taste and feel. She then planned the structure of the Haiku by deciding what information goes to each line. The first line, she decided, to talk about the ocean, then the table/food and finished with the sand.
Now, with everything ready, she successfully wrote a Haiku about the photo.
'Sea waves shuffling
Table, guarding sweet pastries
Sand stuck between toes'
To finish, I gave her 4 quick questions to make sure she remembered everything I taught her. She answered quickly and accurately, so I'm confident she learnt everything she needed! I asked her opinion on the tasks and Haikus and she said, 'I enjoyed the lesson and I think Haikus are awesome!'.
(Her work has been re-typed into a word document to make her work readable!)