One Breath Poems are the Shortest Motion Pictures Who Can Make In Words

  • They are versions of Haikus but one breath poems do not have to follow a 5/7/5 syllable structure

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The One-Breath Poems: National Writing Day Activity for Parents, Teachers and Children

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 1.14.11 PM.pngChildren's Books for Haiku Writing

If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems. Brian P. Cleary. Illustrated by Andy Rowland. Millbrook Press, 2014

Dogku. Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014

GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys. Rob Raczka. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Houghton Mifflin, 2010

A Pocketful of Poems. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion Books, 2001

One-Breath Poems can also be done as Haikus

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Poetic Form: Haiku from (Academy of American Poets)

Examples of Famous Haikus

Sample Haiku from Basho, Issa and western poets

Link to World History I.25 for major developments in Japanese History to 1800

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Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 3.33.37 PM.pngOnline Resources and APPS

  • Haiku Starter is a writing interactive from National Council of Teachers of English
    • Haiku Poem App (also from NCTE)
      • You can import photos and images; page elements can be sized and rotated; different font sizes are available

Haiku from the Poetry Through the Ages website

  • One of the oldest poetry formats
    • Began in the late 15th century, emerging from a longer poetic form called Renga
  • Matsuo Basho, one of Japan's most celebrated haiku poest, wrote in the 16th century
    • Features pinpoint observations of moments and movements in nature
      • Has a simple 3 line, 17 syllable structure


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Matsuo Bashō
Matsuo Bashō

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Matsuo Basho, Poetry Foundation
Born: 1644
Began Publishing Poetry: 1676
First of His Five Famous Travels Around Japan: 1684

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Basho Frog Haiku: 31 Translations


Kobayashi Issa
Kobayashi Issa

Kobauyashi Issa (1763-1828)

Haiku with Issa

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Interactive Haiku Poetry Writing Sites

What is Haiku? from ReadWriteThink, National Council of Teachers of English

Haiku: Creativity from PBS Parents

Interactive Haiku Generator

Five Creative Ways to Teach Haiku from Scholastic

Haiku Poetry by American Poets

Book of Haiku, Jack Kerouac

Haiku Poetry by Richard Wright

Haiku by Etheridge Knight