A WebQuest for 8th Grade English Language Arts
Designed by
Mark Louis Truna


Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits



Haiku's are a very short form of Japanese Poetry, typically consisting of three lines of 17 syllables total. Haiku's were originally part of the Japanese Regna, also known as a collaborative poem, as the opening stanza. Haiku's were typically written to depict nature and, most importantly, the love that one has for nature. Haiku's have been written for over 300 years and are often times viewed as a fun and entertaining way of writing poetry.

Essential question: While haiku's are only three lines long, can they be as effective in portraying a thought, idea, or emotion as any other poem? Please explain why or why not. Thank you!


The Task


There will be two central task's to this assignment. Because Haiku's are such a short form of literature and poetry, I was reminded of Twitter's 140 character limit. In this WebQuest you will:

a.) Create a class Twitter account. After you have uploaded a profile picture, please follow my account. This way I can follow your Tweets, and this will also make it easier for the rest of your classmates to find you Twitter account.

b.) You will them write 3-5 Haiku's and post them to your Twitter. Feel free to follow the traditional form of Haiku by making nature the central theme to your writing. However, if you are interested in exploring other themes, feel free to do so. After you have posted your Haiku's, find 5-7 Haiku's that your classmates wrote and "Retweet" them. This should give you a total of ten Haiku's posted on your Twitter.

The Process
So how do you write your own Haiku?

As stated earlier, Haiku's a a very short form of Japanese poetry. They consist of a few vital elements. They are,

a.) Meter - 5/7/5 style. This means that your Haiku will consist of three lines. The first and third lines will consist of five syllables, and the second line will consist of seven syllables.

b.) Rhyme- While there is no required rhyme scheme for a Haiku, feel free to experiment with the language of your writing to allow for rhyme. The simplest form of this could be ABA rhyme scheme.

Here are some examples of Haiku's...

I am first with five
Then seven in the middle --
Five again to end.

Snowflakes are our friends
They descend when winter comes
Making white blankets

Sand scatters the beach
Waves crash on the sandy shore
Blue water shimmers

How To Create A Twitter Account

1.) Go to twitter.com
2.) On the front page, type in your full name, e-mail address, and desired password.
3.) Twitter will prompt you to do the rest!














Student completed less than three Haiku's and shows no knowledge of correct form.
Student completed three of less Haiku's and needs to fix form.
Student completed 3-5 Haiku's with perfect form.
Student wrote five Haiku's with perfect form and included some other element of poetry such as metaphor or simile.





Student still needs to create a Twitter account and post all Haiku's.
Student successfully created a Twitter account and posted all self-written Haiku's.
Student successfully created a Twitter account and had a total of 3-5 self written Haiku's but less than ten Haiku's total.
Student successfully created a Twitter account and had a total of 3-5 self-written Haiku's and 5-7 retweeted Haiku's.
10 Haiku's total.


Now that you've completed your Haiku's and posted them on your Twitter, what can you conclude about these forms of writing?

What are the pro's and con's of Twitter?

Can Haiku's communicate idea or emotions as effectively as longer styles of poetry?

What do you like about haiku's?

What do you not like about haiku's?

These are all questions to think about with the conclusion of this project. Hopefully, if anything, you enjoyed the time you spent writing your poetry!

Credits & References







Last updated on May 9, 2010.