Writing a cricket haiku
Activity Writing a cricket haiku
Curriculum Area English
NC Objectives English En1 1e), 2d), 8a) & 9a) and En2 4f), 4g), 4h), 4i) & 8c) and En3 1), 2), 3), 4), 5a), 9d), 11) & 12)

Main learning objective

To be able to write creative poetry in the style of a haiku.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 15 minutes
  • Discuss the different types and styles of poetry that the class know and if not mentioned, introduce haikus.
  • Carry out shared reading of the two Haiku examples Supporting Material section of this module and see if the class can spot what is the same in each poem. Lead them to the syllable structure of 5 - 7 - 5 .
  • Carry out a piece of shared writing for a haiku about the topic of 'Umpires in cricket'. Begin with the line "The umpires arrive", the second line could be "They are here to rule the game" and the final line could be "HOWZAT! Not out. Over." Other verses can be added or begin a haiku for the general topic of cricket.


Main Activity 30 Minutes
  • Provide the pupils with the activity for this module and they can have a go at writing their own cricket haikus. Write several verses for the same haiku.
  • Provide the pupils with A4 paper and use in landscape. The top left corner (8cm x 4cm box maybe) can have the date in bubble writing inside and then the rest of the page can be used for the information and pictures to represent the events.


Plenary 15 Minutes
  • Move around the class and allow pupils to read their poems aloud to the class.
  • The rest of the class listen and must check the syllable pattern in each poem.


Interactive Resources


  • The following resource is available as an interactive activity within this module. Click on the link below to access it from the Activity section.
  • Writing a Cricket Haiku – An interactive writing activity.