Note to Teachers: Welcome to The Haiku Foundation Education Wall. This simple exercise is one that can be used profitably with all age groups and experience levels.
Often through the simple act of reading the work of others we can unlock the treasury of our own experience.
Distribute a selection of haiku, a haiku journal or anthology to workshop participants. Give everyone sufficient time to read through a good number of poems, writing those that strike them in their journal, along with the author’s name.
Next, ask participants to select the one haiku from among those they have chosen that most strikes them and complete the following writing exercise relative to that haiku:
Another prompt might be:
When the facilitator feels that the group has had sufficient time to write, ask for volunteers to read the haiku and their response as written.
An informal discussion may follow or a time for workshop participants to write haiku of one’s own.
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