Teaching Sijo

resources for teachers

The sijo is a traditional structured three-line Korean poetic form comparable to Chinese jueju (quatrain) and Japanese haiku. It has been the most popular form of lyric verse in Korea for over five hundred years and is considered a classic example of traditional Korean fine arts. Through the sijo, students may be introduced to not only a unique, lesser-known form of poetry, but also a culture little explored.

Here you can find resources intended to aid teachers interested in bringing the sijo to their classrooms.

Teaching Examples

  • Video index - Video recordings of teachers teaching about sijo in their high school classes. All videos are hosted on Youtube.
  • Video recordings of an impromptu class of elementary-age students being taught sijo by Ms Elizabeth Jorgensen (Arrowhead Union High School, Hartland, WI).

Teaching Guides