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How to Write a Haiku | 7 Easy Steps

How to Write a Haiku | 7 Easy Steps

Interested in learning how to write a haiku? In this article, you'll learn about the rich history of haiku poems, and get to take a stab at writing your own. The haiku style actually originated from tanka, a short poem with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. Tanka was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called "renga," where one person wrote the first three lines of the poem and another person wrote the next t … Read More

How to Write a Haiku | 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? In this article, you'll learn about the rich history of haiku poems, and get to take a stab at writing your own. The haiku style actually originated from tanka, a short poem with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. Tanka was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called "renga," where one person wrote the first three lines of the poem and another person wrote the next t
Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school
Channeling Your Inner Detective for Reading Comprehension
Reading assignments can be fun - we promise! Here, Hollywood, FL tutor Deanna P. shares her best reading comprehension strategies for students to keep in mind... Do you like to play detective and solve mysteries? Well, here are the top reading comprehension strategies to use before, during, and after reading to crack the case and think outside the box. READ THE TITLE and highlight it; it is the key that unlocks the main idea and what the story is mainly about. Read the questions, not
How to Write a Stellar College Admission Essay
Ready to write your college admission essay? This is your chance to share a little about yourself, and impress the admission board! Read on as online tutor Natalie S. shares her tips... Undeniably, the hardest and most time-consuming part about applying to college is the essay portion of the application. This part of the process is what I spend most of the fall working on with my students. The essay topics tend to be questions that force students to think outside the box, and they all require s
7 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids During Winter Break
Is winter weather and Christmas impatience taking its toll on your kids – and your sanity? Get their holiday-inspired, creative juices flowing – and banish the boredom - with these fun writing prompts for kids with a winter theme… Channel some Dickens. Have your child write a poem or a story featuring three different versions of themselves getting a Christmas wish granted: one in the present, one in the past, and one in the future. Make a parody. What’s your child’s favorite Christ

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