Reading Response Exercise #68: Reading Comprehension Haiku

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

Reflect & Write

Think about what you have read. Write a haiku that captures what today’s reading was all about.

(For those of you whose memories need just a little jostle—a haiku is a three-line Japanese poem form that has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 in the final line.

Share/Discuss your haiku with your reading partners.

Preschool Literacy:

Read a picture book with your preschooler.

Discuss what you read.

Ask the child to help you write a poem.

Get a piece of paper and line out a three-line poem with 5 blanks in the first line, 7 blanks in the second line, and 5 in the final line. Then ask your preschooler to think of words and phrases to describe your reading and fill in the blanks until you have a poem you can read together (pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoke word). Title the poem whatever the title of your story was and illustrate with stickers or drawings then post where everyone in the household can enjoy it.