The Japan Society

Journeys with Haiku: Beyond 5-7-5

Subject: English / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 3
Age: 11-15 years
Resource Type: Schemes of Work / Videos

Haiku are a part of Japanese culture which are often mistakenly taught as just a three-line, 5-7-5 syllable poems. These three introductory lessons aim to introduce students to the true essence of haiku through the theme of journeys. 

Through the scheme of work, students will explore how haiku can connect us to our natural and urban landscapes and particular moments in time, and will be encouraged to formulate personal responses to poetry. 

Download the Haiku Scheme of Workfor an overview of the lessons.

Note: This is a new resource and some sections may be revised or updated.

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 see how haiku can inspire and benefit students.

Individual Lessons

Lesson 1: Haiku Poetry and Sensory Engagement

Lesson 2  Describing the world around us through Haiku

Lesson 3: Exploring different tenses in poetry through Haiku

Additional Resources

The Beyond 5-7-5 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 provides useful background information for those intending to use the scheme of work, but can also be used as a guide when planning a standalone haiku lesson or workshop.

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