Young American Poetry Digest

Haiku Teaching Resources

Haiku poetry was first developed in Japan in the sixteenth century. It is composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku poems are full of rich images and typically reflect on some aspect of nature.

Line 1 – 5 syllables

Line 2 – 7 syllables

Line 3 – 5 syllables

Student haiku poems from the 2011 Young American Poetry Digest

BEACH                                                               SKY

Waves silently sway                                           The sky is peaceful

Sand dances across the beach                          It’s endless, perfect and blue

Sunset lowers down                                           Breezy, cool and fair

Haiku Poetry Websites

Worksheets For Teaching Haiku

Background Information on Haiku

Seasonal Haiku