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Keywords: Haiku, Poetry, Movie Maker, Photo Story, Story telling, digital video, digital camera
Subject(s): Art, Video, Technology, Life Science, Writing, Reading, Earth Science, Photography, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 5 through 6
School: Hammond School, Columbia, SC
Planned By: Maria Swygert
Original Author: Maria Swygert, Columbia
The students will learn about forms of poetry. They will write a Haiku poem that is stylistically correct and to understand the nature of haiku poetry. The students will use the digital or video cameras find or create a small video clip or series of images to illustrate the haiku. To incorporate poetry and video or images into a Windows movie maker or photo story presentation.

Assessments that will be used to measure understanding of each learning objective and/or activity…
• evaluation of poetry (3 lines of 5/7/5 syllables, vivid word choices, paints a word
picture of something in nature, no empty syllables, etc)
• check-off of whether student captured an image to illustrate the haiku using
either the digital camera or video
• completed presentation

Detailed process on implementing the lesson into the classroom. Include activities that will be used to develop understandings…
• Students were first given examples of haiku poetry.
• Together we create a list of details that encompass what haiku poetry entails.
• Students brainstorm possible nature topics to write about.
• We create a word bank to use in writing our class haiku
• From the word bank, we create a haiku in each class.
• Students then follow the same process for their own nature topics of choice.
• After creating a haiku that is checked for stylistic accuracy, students are
given time to capture a digital image of their haiku.
• Once the image is captured, students can either read their poem or type and scroll their poem in a movie maker or photo story collage of all haiku poetry and collected images.

Resources that will be used to develop understanding…
• digital camera
• digital video camera
Materials: Video Cameras, Flash Memory Camcorders, Flip Video, DVD Camcorder, Hi-Def Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Wildlife, Point and Shoot