A Lesson Plan for Peace Poem (Ages 3-adult)
Rae Takemoto, teacher, Kula Elementary School, Kula HI
inspire creativity in a peaceful way.
write a poem inspired by the individual's thoughts on peace.
and pencil or pen.
1) Share an example of a haiku,
2) Explain the structure of
a haiku (5-7-5 syllables, reference to seasons, nature), free verse (no
rhyme, rhythm required, but thoughts should seek to be personal).
3) Brainstorm words or phrases
as a class that are associated with "peace". Write
words on a large chart for class to see result of collective brainstorming.
4) Create a class poem using
the words from the list. Model the process of arranging the words in a
sentence or phrases until it "feels good". Add a word of your own, not
on the list. * Emphasize ideas, concepts, and phrases. Sometimes, the
creative process is encouraged more when the teacher does not allow complete
5) Each student personally
selects poetic form to record on Peace Poem and writes it on paper.
6) Teacher makes editing changes
to each student's poem - spelling, word usage, etc.
7) Student writes in own handwriting
his/her final piece. We request each student write two lines on peace;
the words can be larger to accommodate the two lines. A lesson from writing
a haiku or poem in general is: It's not so much how many words one writes;
it's the feeling conveyed to the readers and listeners. If a child is
unable to write in his/her own handwriting, he/she may dictate his poem
and sign it. We have had a 3-year-old child dictate her lines to her sister.
Remember the first two lines of the Peace Poem were started by a 6-year-old
Barker, 6, who began Peace Poem: "Peace means everyone loving everyone
else/ and we're all part of one world."
8) If a child is unable to
write in his/her own handwriting, he/she may dictate his poem and sign
it. We have had a 3-year-old child dictate her lines to her sister. Remember
the first two lines of the Peace Poem were started by a 6-year-old child.
9) You may repeat this process
using other poetic forms, such as cinquain (2-4-6-8-2 syllables), tanka
10) Send peace poem scrolls
to: Peace Poem P.O. Box 102 Lahaina, Hawaii, USA 96761 Telephone, USA,
**Upon request, we will send special rag paper rolls for your project.
**Send a photograph of yourself, group, or class.
Brief histories, observances:
Aug. 6 - Hiroshima
Day. Observance of the devastation caused by the H-bomb.
Oct. 2 - Birthday
of Mohandas Ghandi (Oct. 2, 1869, India-Jan 30, 1948). Leader of Indian
Nationalist movement who espoused a doctrine of non-violence to achieve
social and political change. Led civil disobedience demonstration in S.
Africa against anti-Hindu discrimination in 1893. Threatened to die by
fasting to achieve social reforms.
Jan. 15 - Birthday of Martin Luther King (Jan. 15, 1929, USA-April
4, 1968) U.S. civil rights leader, reverend. Led black boycott in Montgomery,
Alabama against segregated bus lines in 1955. Supported non-violent resistance
and organized massive march on Washington, D.C. in 1963. Author, "Stride
Toward Freedom," 1958. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Assassinated.