Write Thankus (Rhymes with Haikus)


Write Thankus (Rhymes with Haikus)

Posted on November 15, 2011

Write Thankus (Rhymes with "Haikus")

When writing poetry with your students, consider a short writing assignmentThankus are haikus along the lines of a haiku. But add a twist of thankfulness using Esther Hershenhorn's idea of writing "thankus"--remember, it rhymes with haiku. (Esther Hershenhorn is one of the highlighted authors at www.teachingAuthors.com.)

Thankus follow the same rules as haikus (5 syllables in first line; 7 syllables in second, and 5 in third line). The big difference is that haikus are written about nature, and thankus show gratefulness for someone or something. Here are a few examples to get you and your students thinking:

  • Hats off to teachers--
    all of you who work so hard
    to make learning fun.

  • Counting my blessings,
    and you came to mind today.
    Thanks for being you.

  • You make a difference,
    sharing truth, inspiring life
    each day that you teach.

Thankus--what a simple way to target syllabication, word choice, and a quick writing assignment.