Teaching With Books
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
This poem is a haiku. Haikus are a type of Japanese poetry. They are short poems with a specific number of syllables in each line. The three lines in a haiku usually have five syllables, seven syllables, and then five syllables again. Discuss the haiku by Basho. Does it make you think of a pond? How did Basho create that image in your mind?
The trumpeter swan is a large white bird. It is named for its trumpet-like call. The trumpeter swan is one of the largest wild birds in North America. When the swan’s neck is outstretched, the bird can be almost six feet long! Large males can weigh up to 32 pounds.
What part of speech is each bold word?
William Shakespeare was an English writer.
Many people think he was the greatest English writer of all time.
His plays have been translated into 80 different languages.
In the early 1900s, it cost a nickel to go to the movies. A movie ticket for a child costs about $7 today.
How many movies could you have seen in the early 1900s for the price of one movie ticket today?