Haiku Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Highlight your instruction on haiku poetry with the help of a text lesson and a brief yet engaging in-class activity. For further instruction on this topic, consider the optional supplementary activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define haiku poetry
  • identify the form and structure of haiku poetry
  • compose a haiku poem


30 minutes


  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • White board or chalk board
  • Dry erase markers or chalk
  • Tablet, computer, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards


Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Haiku


  • Have students read the Introduction and Definition sections of the text lesson What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples.
  • As the students are reading, write the following on the board:
    • Line 1: 5 syllables
    • Line 2: 7 syllables
    • Line 3: 5 syllables
  • Now ask students to think of one important moment in their lives and compose a haiku poem about it using the guidelines listed on the board.
  • When all students have finished their haiku poems, ask them to read the Examples and Lesson Summary sections of the text lesson.
  • Have the students share their haiku poems with the class.

Discussion Questions

  • How did the haiku poems of the class compare to the examples given in the text lesson?
  • Does the form and brevity of haiku poetry make it more or less engaging?


  • Ask students to compose a haiku poem each day for a week to document significant moments from their week.
  • Have students research some well-known haiku poems. Now have them analyze the form of each poem. Do they follow the 5-7-5 pattern?

Related Lessons

What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

Villanelle Poems: Definition, Form & Examples

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