Haiku Review: the Valentine's Day Edition

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Need a new idea to get the creative juices flowing in your classroom?

The Haiku offers that opportunity to your students by channeling their creativity into this unique form of Japanese poetry. 

Here is a great lesson plan to get you started. (By the way, you can find this lesson, along with many others, in the Unit Studies Section of your Shurley English book!)

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You can adapt the directions by creating an example with your students that focuses on the desired holiday or season.  For this example, I focused on creating a haiku to include in a valentine for a mother or grandmother in the life of the student.



Loving me each day

Never giving up on me

My Valentine Mom.


Missing you today

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom

Hugs up to heaven.


She wakes me each day

With a smile and a big hug -

Now filled, love others!



No other mother

Can fix my crushed, broken heart

She’s just right for me!


Just Grandma and me

Baking her special cookies

Making memories!


Of course, the students can use whatever craft supplies you provide to design a special valentine card, which includes their haiku to bring a smile to someone. Just think, you can help to create lifelong treasures in the families represented in your classroom! I saved many of the special creations of my own son, most of them prompted by his wonderful teachers throughout his elementary school years.  What a privilege you have to be a part of making memories to last a lifetime!

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.


Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.