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Video: How to Haiku - Beyond 5 7 5

Subject: English / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3 / GCSE+
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years / 11-15 years / 15+ years
Resource Type: Videos / Other

Paul Conneally, haiku poet, introduces the key elements of haiku in this video, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about.

Watch this short 6 minute piece to stimulate ideas and then try writing haiku outside. You can print out and use one of our Writing Haiku worksheets from the Beyond 5-7-5 booklet as a guide.

This film was produced through workshops with two schools in the Cardiff area led by Paul and facilitated by the Japan Society. The project was also supported by the St. Fagans National Museum of History.

Additional Resources

Beyond 5-7-5 booklet
This booklet, produced by Haiku Poet Paul Conneally, contains background information on haiku and other forms of Japanese poetry as well as ideas, guides and worksheets for educators who would like to introduce haiku to their students. The booklet can be used to plan a standalone haiku lesson or workshop for students of any age, or as a reference for those following the KS3 scheme of work.

Beyond 5 7 5 Booklet by Paul Conneally - PDF (1.2 MB)

Haiku Lessons
Visit our Haiku Resource Page for a scheme of work and lesson plans to teach Haiku to KS3. 

How to Teach Haiku with Paul Conneally
Recorded before the Haiku Contest 2022, Paul shares how he introduces haiku to young students and leads a trial writing session.