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ERIC Number: EJ1114536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Seeing Science in Haiku: Primary Students Explore Connections between Science and Writing
Burrow, Lauren E.
Science and Children, v54 n1 p58-64 Sep 2016
To achieve widespread, well-received knowledge dissemination, scientific writing must be precise, persuasive, and presentable. Thus, by definition, haiku writing is a logical choice by which to introduce young learners to effective scientific writing. In its traditional form, "haiku" is a Japanese poem intended for comparing imagery in nature, using only 17 syllables divided over three lines of five, seven, and five. Practiced for centuries by ancient writers and Samurai warriors alike, haiku allows writers to capture and comment upon natural observations in a powerful and succinct manner that persuades a reader to view the world as the author saw it. Both haiku's subject matter and precise format can help students relate science and math skills to a more diverse audience. Haiku requires an exactness that can only be achieved through reflection, revision, and active choice on the part of the writer--skills that are imperative for any successful scientist. This article goes through a step-by-step process that teaches young students (grades K-2) to write haikus and creatively report their observations, inquiries, and experiments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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