GradesPre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced
Brief DescriptionStudents use nature photos as inspiration to write poems about the season of spring.
Keywordshaiku, Japan, poem, poetry, spring
Materials Needed[shopmaterials]Internet access or photos of spring-like images of animals, plants, etc.
Lesson PlanThere is a poet inside every student, and there could not be a better time to coax that poet out than spring. As warmer weather sets in, trees sprout buds, and flowers pop up through frosty snow, there is a moment, an ideal moment, for each of us to immortalize through writing. Poetry makes it possible!
One of the greatest obstacles for student poets is finding inspiration, and spring provides an abundance of it. To begin this activity with young children, talk about the signs of spring. What do your students most like about spring? What different activities will they do when the season arrives? With older students, discuss the Hawaiian proverb "Don't ignore the small things -- the kite flies because of its tail." How does this statement relate to the season of spring and how students approach it?
Choose one or more appropriate poems from the page Spring Poems and share them with the class. Discuss what the students like about each poem and the images the poems create in their minds.
Now explain that today the students will write poetry about a spring topic of their choice. (Beginning writers can create a poem with the teacher as a group.) The inspiration for their work will be photos of spring images.
For young students, you may
Younger students will find many simple examples of haiku at Haiku Poetry from Poetry Pals. Older students should read the Haiku Writing Worksheet or another set of instructions for writing poetry chosen by you before they begin; this resource has some wonderful advice for would-be haiku poets.
Refer students to an online resource or your selected photos to find an image on which to base their springtime poetry. At The Amazing Picture Machine, students may search safely on topics of their choice to locate images from a variety of excellent resources. Spring Pictures is a site that features photos of Wyoming's flora and fauna in spring, and Florida Wildflower Showcase offers beautiful photos of flowers from Florida.
When they complete their writing, have the students share their selected photos, why the photos appealed to them, and their poems with other class members.
Each student should submit and read aloud a poem that relates to the topic of spring and is appropriate for the classroom.
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
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