Herndon Sensei's News Corner

October 15 Newsletter

Course Updates on October 15, 2014

Mina-san. Konnichiwa! The grades for Japanese 1A, 2A and 2AB have been updated.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful "tenki," or weather these days. I certainly have. There are several contests coming up this month and next month. Please read information below and consider participating for enjoyment and EXTRA CREDIT:)

Haiku Contest-Entry Deadline on Oct. 31

Friday, Oct. 31st, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Haiku Contest - Let’s make a short poem!

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form, with roots more than 1,000 years old. Poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) described haiku as "verbal sketching"—little works of art that capture something observed.

A haiku has three short lines. For balance, the second line is typically longer than the other two. Traditional Japanese haiku have three parts with 5, 7, and 5 syllables per line, making 17 syllables in all.

Here and now
Haiku attempt to capture one moment in time, based on direct observation of something in front of you. Therefore, they are written in the present tense. Like a snapshot or a quick sketch, a haiku should feel spontaneous and capture the essence of something you have experienced.

Connecting with nature
Haiku is a way of looking at the world and connecting with nature. Writing haiku requires slowing down, looking at what is around you, and appreciating the small moments in life. Haiku should awaken the senses—seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, feeling—and often suggests a particular season.

Sharing with others
Haiku is about letting an object or event touch you and then sharing that experience with others. The poet and reader play a collaborative role. A poet doesn't need to describe everything—haiku should be understated, leaving something for the reader to wonder. A good haiku inspires readers to think about what the poet observed and to experience it through their own imaginations.

Here is how to enter the Haiku Contest:

  1. Please make your haiku (1st line with 5 syllables, 2nd line with 7 syllables and 3rd line with 5 syllables).
  2. You need to include at least one Japanese word if you are taking Japanese I, two Japanese words if you are taking Japanese II, and three Japanese words if you are taking Japanese III.
  3. This time’s theme is “fall”. You can describe any scenes related to fall.
  4. Additional material such as photos, drawings, audio or video supporting your haiku theme or idea will be assessed as an extra effort or contribution. Be creative! (The citation information is required if the material is not your original work and borrowed from other sources.)
  5. Please submit your best Haiku together with additional material to the dropbox of your course (Haiku Contest) by Oct 31, 2014.

An example: An old silent pond... Kaeru jumps to the pond, Splash! Silence again. (kaeru=frog)

WL Speaking Conest

Second Annual World Language Speaking Event

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 7pm-9pm

World Language Speaking Event Registration Survey Fall 2014

Exciting News! The World Language Department would like to invite all GaVS World Language students to participate in the second annual World Language Speaking Event. This is your night to shine and show off your WL speaking skills. Interested students should complete the registration survey no later than Friday, October 31. All participants will be awarded a World Language Speaking Event certificate and a copy of the judge's scored rubric. Superior ranked students will be awarded the World Language Speaking badge. Don't be shy, everyone is encouraged to participate. Join us on Adobe Connect, November 18. Earn your much deserved WL Speaking badge! Event details will be sent to all registered students.

Questions! Contact Mrs. Herndon or maryellen.krueck@gavirtualschool.org

Mrs. Herndon

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