Monthly Archives: September 2010

Our First Haiku Exhibit!


Today, we had our first class Haiku Exhibit. The exhibit’s purpose is to share our first attempt at original, modern haiku.  Nineteen students submitted pieces for our Haiku Exhibit.  We selected our favorite haiku, using this Haiku Voting Form.

The winning haiku poem was composed by Joshua.

Playful Birdsby Joshua


You can read a few more modern haiku by clicking on the poem titles…

Beautiful Moon by Ivan
Buzzing Bee by Joselinn
Blue Violets by David
Reaching Trees by Juliana
Beautiful Petals by Jessica L.
Green Elms by Jessie
Beautiful Water by Ricardo
Flowers by Getsemani
Violets by Elian
Yellow Flowers by Jocelyn
Playful Birds by Joshua
Beautiful Spring by Daisy

Feel free to EXPRESS yourself by voting for your favorite Haiku and/or leaving a comment.


Thanks for dropping by our writing blog!!


What Is Traditional Haiku?


Traditional haiku always contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables.

Here are some examples of traditional haiku.  Notice the five-syllable, seven-syllable, five-syllable pattern on each of these haiku.

Hi, Haiku! Nice to Meet You!!


This week, we are reading a story about a journey from Japan to California.  The story is entitled Grandfather’s Journey.  Blog Hint: Click on the title or here to learn more about the story, meet the author, and play games. 🙂

Our writing assignment this week is to compose an original haiku poem.

Mount Fuji, Japan

Haiku is a non-rhyming type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku poets write about everyday things.  They try to capture a single moment.  Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences.  Haiku poems are brief and simple.  The most common form for haiku is three short lines.   There is traditional haiku and modern haiku.  Ms. Rankin’s First Haiku is an example of traditional haiku.  Blog Hint: Click on traditional haiku to learn more about the form of traditional haiku and/or Ms. Rankin’s First Haiku to download and read Ms. Rankin’s first Haiku. 🙂

This week, our students will write modern haiku.  We will then share our haiku in a class Haiku Exhibit and Competition.  We will vote for our favorite modern haiku poem.  Please stay tuned…

Express!  Press on!!

The Rankin-File Writing Blog Begins


I Love to Write!

Welcome to our Rankin-File Writing blog!

We are a 4th grade class of English Language Learners at Pomona Elementary School in Newport Mesa Unified School District.

We will share our writing here on our writing blog.

The purpose of our writing blog is to express ourselves and enjoy the writing process.

Express!  Impress!! Press on!!! 🙂 my wonderful students,

Ms. Rankin