Bonus World Cup Soccer Day #7: Cuckoo for Haiku



Hey Inksters!

We are on the last day — a BONUS DAY! — of our World Cup Soccer InkStarts. Today, we’re writing another Soccer poem: a Soccer Haiku.  


What is Haiku?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment or idea. Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. 


Syllables — huh?

Visit these links to remind yourself or to learn what a syllable is and how to count them in a word:

What are Syllables? 

How do you count Syllables?


How do you Haiku?

Now let’s pull together all we’ve learned and write our Soccer Haiku.

By now, you know what to do first: BRAINSTORM! Either go back to the list of soccer words you made yesterday when working on your ACROSTIC, or make a new list of words. Don’t worry about counting syllables just yet.

Next, use some of these words as you write two lines about soccer. Still don’t worry about counting syllables yet.

Then write a third line that completes the first two lines or that is about something completely different from the first two lines. Nope, no counting!

Now look at your three lines. Do these lines give you any new ideas?

Now it’s time to count syllables! Revise or change each line so that the first line has five syllables in the first lineseven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. It’s like a puzzle. Take your time and have fun!

Here’s a Soccer Haiku from an Inkster to help inspire you:

One. Two. Three. Four. Goal!
Who wins? Brazil or Chile?
Brazil wins the game!

–“World Cup Soccer,” by Lucas, age 6


We can’t wait to read your haikus. Remember to send them along.

Keep writing about soccer and anything else that inspires you!





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