hi poetry lovers,
i did a fall leaf printing project with 3rd graders a few years ago
based on the japanese "flowering cherry with poem slips" screen. view
this image at
we rolled gold tempera paint onto a large piece of red bulletin board
paper and then painted a gnarly tree trunk and branches on that. the
kids printed red, orange and yellow maple leaves on the branches. then
they wrote haiku about autumn on slips of paper and attached these to
the tree. you really have to see the above image to get the idea.
somewhere i read that the japanese aristocracy would collect poems
relating to the seasons and display them on screens such as this one. i
believe there is a fall companion screen to this spring one. maybe
someone who visits chicago often has seen it?
linda in michigan
On Nov 9, 2005, at 6:44 PM, familyerickson wrote:
> Bunki and Michal,
> I did haikus and cinquains with my 5th graders in response to their
> Most of them chose to do the haiku as they had written one previously
> class and felt comfortable with them.
> They turned out very well. They wrote on notebook paper and I
> them with a check mark. Tomorrow they will type them up in their
> class. I mounted the metal on a small piece of white construct paper
> on 12 x 18 black paper--will then mount the poems (on the white typing
> paper) below on top of the black.
> The most rewarding part was that a girl who is not often
> successful(artistically or academically) did a beautiful rather
> puffed butterfly in metal. She wrote a lovely very sensitive poem.
> thrills me when I provide a format that gives that unsuccessful child a
> chance to shine.
> Thanks for the idea Michal!!
> Formula for Haiku
> Line 1 7 syllables
> Line 2 5 syllables
> Line 3 7 syllables
> Your Name
> Here is a cool website from Diane Coluzzi at Bishop Fenwick HS who uses
> poetry in her French II class:
> http://www.fenwick.org/bishopfenwick.aspx?pgID=1074 >
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