Haiku Poem App
|ABOUT THIS MOBILE APP|
With this app, students can learn about and write haiku, a popular Japanese poem that traditionally has three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Students begin by brainstorming words for their poem, and then they compose their poem with attention to how many syllables they’ve written for each line. The final step allows students to customize the design of their poem with one of the provided artistic backgrounds or by uploading their own image.
Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions. Final work can be shared via e-mail or saved to the device's camera roll.
Designed for use in the school environment, this app features a simple profile system so that multiple users can create and store their own haiku poems on the same device without confusion.
This app mirrors our web-based student interactive Haiku Poems, so users familiar with one can easily adapt to the other. In fact, the two are so similar that users can send their editable .rwt files to an email address and then open their haiku poem right in the online tool!
Haiku can be confusing for the novice writers; they can be a challenge for even the experts! We've included some tips for writing Haiku poetry--traditional and modern--so that no writer is left stranded.
Students can brainstorm words before writing their poems. If they are learning the strict 5-7-5 syllable count of traditional haiku writing, they can record the number of syllables here as well.
Students' brainstormed words and syllable counts are shown on the writing screen as a reminder. Students can also count and record the number of syllables per line.
Students can give their haiku poem just the right look by selecting from different fonts, background images, or even adding their own images!
Students can email their finished poem as a pdf or save a final version to their device's photo gallery.
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Lessons That Use This Mobile App
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit
This unit introduces students to a variety of poetic forms and elements, as they compile their own collections of poetry.
Grades 4 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using a mobile app or Interactive activity, students write haikus describing various types of clouds that they have studied.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  April 21
Students select a poem and create a Stapleless Book using the interactive tool.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.