Teaching Sijo

resources for teachers

The sijo is a traditional structured three-line Korean poetic form. 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 examples of three teachers using the sijo in their classes. Includes Ms Tracy Kaminer (Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA), Ms Elizabeth Jorgensen and Ms Heidi Hamilton (Arrowhead Union High School, Hartland, WI), and Mr Chuck Newell (Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga, TN).
  • Video lecture - Video example of an impromptu class of elementary-age students being taught sijo by Ms Elizabeth Jorgensen (Arrowhead Union High School, Hartland, WI).
Teaching Guides
About Sijo

Sijo lectures by David McCann

Sijo lecture series by Mark Peterson