18 August 2011

Well,  I totally forgot the most important part of my spiel today…alas!  Even teachers have first day jitters, apparently.

Today was mostly introductory, with one exception.  I asked you to complete your first assignment.  Please write three haiku poems about yourself.  Haiku is a simple form to learn, but very challenging to master.  The rules are simple:

  • Haiku has three lines.  There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the final line.
  • Haiku is usually about nature–I’m bending this rule a little, since it’s about you and you are “nature” in one way or another 😉
  • Haiku relies on imagery (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch).  This means you need to avoid words like “outgoing” and “funny” and “cute.”  It also means that you need to write about moments in life that show us what you’re like rather than adjectives.
For tonight’s extra credit, leave a comment with your first name and last initial–you need to either (1) share one of your haiku poems in the comment or (2) share which genre you’re most excited about in creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry).
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5 thoughts on “18 August 2011

  1. DJ M. August 18, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Fiction; Probably my favorite genre.

  2. Seanna F. August 18, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    This is one of the haiku that I did.

    I lived somewhere else.
    You could see the waves crashing.
    Hear the segals.

  3. Anna B. August 19, 2011 / 2:30 am

    I am most excited about the fiction genre.

  4. Tiffany Kidwell August 19, 2011 / 3:04 am

    Tiffany K. I would say that I’m most excited for poetry because it is the most enjoyable for me to read.

  5. J.C. August 19, 2011 / 3:14 am

    J.C. M – can’t wait for nonfiction!!!!

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