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Poetry in 140 Characters!

By Christy Crawford on April 14, 2011
  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Using Twitter in the classroom? Combine Haiku with Twitter and you've got engaging and easy poetry for your digital natives.

Haiku is approximately seventeen syllables of traditional Japanese poetry; Twitter has a 140-character format. Combine the two to make "Twaiku." "Twaiku" is fun for kids and adults. And yes, there's an application for it. Check out Tweeku on iTunes!  

Here are some popular 140-character haikus: 


@perfectionisht: When the gods return / let’s tell them the planet was / already like this.


@haikuwind: I absolutely, / most definitely, maybe, / perhaps, know myself. 


@CostisDemos: cats dislike water / for them it never rains / instead it purrs


My favorite twaiku . . .


@CCrawfordTech: I'm on vacation. / No boss. No blog. No classes. / Just me and my child.


Seriously, I'm on vacation. I wish you lots of rest and relaxation with your loved ones over spring break.

Please see my last post for more fun and exciting ways to enjoy digital poetry.

Comments (5)

Thank you! This is a great idea.


You are hysterical! Does anyone have time to read an extensive article or a tediously long blog? NO! The internet has forced writers to listen to the demands of readers. Readers want clear, concise, meaningful writing and we all want well-skilled kids.


Artificial restrictions force us to look at our writing skills in new ways as we struggle to solve the problems generated by the medium. Here we have both the 5-7-5 syllable structure *and* the 140 character limit.

Could we also do it without any vowels?

. . . just kidding about the vowels, but these restrictive structures really do teach us to be better writers.


Thank you! Same to you!

Enjoy your time off!! ;) Danielle

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