In this activity students will synthesize information about a character and then write a haiku or limerick. The purpose of this activity is for students to summarize a character and then analyze, evaluate, or reflect on that character. The haiku or limerick is a synthesis of the chosen character.
- Read a fiction or non-fiction text.
- Select or create sample haikus or limericks to share with students.
- Create guidelines for giving and receiving feedback.
- Create a rubric
- Introduce Haiku and Limerick.
Reinforce with students that the purpose of the haiku orlimerick in this activity isto synthesize what they know about a character from the text.
- Share sample haikus and limericks.
Share sample haikus and limericks. Discuss with students the elements of each and how they are similar and different.
- Write personal haiku or limerick.
As a practice, have students write a haiku or limerick based on themselves. Students can share with others in a small group or the teacher can select a few to share with the class.
- Conduct mini-lesson on character analysis and synthesis.
Review with students tips for analyzing a character and the difference between summarizing and synthesizing.
- Perform pre-writing planning.
Students should take time to think about their character. This can be done using a predetermined graphic organizer or it can be a less structured thought process for students. The purpose of the pre-writing planning is for students to analyze their character.
- Write haiku or limerick draft.
- Obtain peer feedback or do self-assessment.
Students can either work in pairs to give and receive feedback or they can do a self-assessment of their work using a rubric.
- Write final haiku or limerick with revisions based on the feedback.
- Share haikus or limericks.
Student share-out could include a class reading, a gallery walk, or an online posting.
Reflection questions could include: · How does your haiku or limerick reflect the character from the text? · What is thebest line in your writing? Why do you think that line is the best? · How did writing the poem help you understand the text/character more deeply?