|"Publishing" student work from class chart paper drafts.|
While still adhering to the 17 syllable standard of the traditional haiku, the imagery included in the American sentence is presented in a linear fashion reflective of the left-to-right reading of English as opposed to the top-to-bottom approach in Japanese haiku.
After taking 10 minutes to slow down, look around and capture via free write personal sense-based observations about the world around them (our classroom), I introduced the class to the form more, well, formally.
Based on some research, I suggested to the class that an exemplary product would include at least one of the following:
- clear concrete images,
- juxtaposition (The arrangement of two or more ideas, characters, actions, settings, phrases, or words side-by-side or in similar narrative moments for the purpose of comparison, contrast, rhetorical effect, suspense, or character development.),
- found poetry (a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and/or lines, and consequently meaning),
- reflect a degree of "mindfulness,"
- be "compressed" (condensed) for maximum information, minimum number of syllables, and/or
- demotic speech (of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular).
As seen in the picture above, I am currently in the process of publishing (word-processing) each classes collaborative American Sentence Chain and will posting them soon.