I love haikus. I don’t write poetry and I’m terrible at rhyming, but I can count syllables with the best of them. Years ago, I came across this post on the Freakonomics blog and I started to use haikus in the classroom.
Whenever there are a lot of acts, terms, or people to know, I like to introduce haikus as a way to remember them. (I do this for the American Revolution, Market Revolution inventions, and the New Deal, to name a few examples.)
After checking their homework, I passed out the British Acts In Haiku Form – 2017. Together, we completed the first two haikus and went over the answers. Individually the students completed the last two and then created two of their own. I saw a lot of students count syllables by using their hands. British Acts In Haiku Form
To finish up class, students worked on the American Revolution Timeline. I like this activity because it’s not just about having the events in the correct order. Students have to know who would support and who would oppose certain events and why.
HW for tomorrow: None. This week is homecoming week and there is a big powderpuff game tonight. It’s rare that I don’t give homework but when so many students will be staying late at school, I can make an exception. However, they do have a Short Answer Quiz tomorrow to start class.
Have a good night!