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Date: Tue May 14 2002 - 15:08:04 PDT


I got this haiku idea from our many listers, not my idea. I bought speedball
pens and nibs for the class and had them write haiku poems on sloppy paper
with pencils, next I had them write and practice with calligraphy script
"Stunt Lydian" from Walter Foster's book on fairly good paper that I had them
also line and dash with pencil for lower case. They practiced writing upper
and lower case letters using flat nibs on their speedball holders and Inkia
Ink. I hot glued plastic film containers to a piece of scrap wood and put
the film container and the wood in a flat wide bucket. The India Ink went in
the film containers and they were not allowed to lift the ink out or move
their pens from the table. All wore old tee shirts or smocks and on their
final day they wrote the haiku poem in india ink on pencil lined paper with
their haiku's already written in pencil. We teach them more organizational
skills in elementary school and I'm proud that many wrote haikus with no
problems and no spills on their clothes or the floor. Sometimes the class
was so quiet it was spooky!