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Haikus for All Seasons

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Keywords: Poetry, Book Making, Nature Photography
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Technology, Photography
Grades 6 through 8
Original Author: Ardyth Hargis, Mokane
LESSON TITLE: Haikus for all Seasons!

SUBJECT AREA: Language Arts



This is actually series of lessons that will go on throughout the school year. During each season, students will venture outside and take notes on what they observe through their five senses. They will also use the Olympus D-545 digital cameras to capture pictures that they feel best represent the current season. When they return to the classroom, they will write one to three haikus to represent the season and the pictures they have taken. After they've written haikus for summer, fall, winter, and spring, they will create a calendar using the Tool Factory Workshop software. This calendar will combine their original haikus with the pictures they have taken to make a calendar for the next school year.

This set of lessons will not only help with mastery of recognizing, using, and interpreting imagery, but it will also create a usable, enjoyable product for each student to share with family.


By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
* Be able to recognize and use imagery effectively
* Be able to write a haiku with the proper number of syllables
* Be able to write a haiku using appropriate seasonal imagery
* Be able to take a good quality photograph of a nature scene
* Be able to create a good quality calendar in Tool Factory with haikus and pictures to fit the appropriate seasons
Materials: Point and Shoot, Wildlife, Word Processor, Paint, Camera Bags
Other Items: 10 Glossy Ink Jet Paper Packs, $25 each, total of $250.00