Online Sijo Class

Free class for all educators

Click here to fill out Online Sijo Class registration form

Course Dates


Jan 7 through Feb 10
Mar 3 through Apr 6
Apr 14 through May 18
Aug 11 through Sept 14
Sept 22 through Oct 26
Nov 3 through Dec 7

Instructor Information

Elizabeth Jorgensen
High school English teacher

Lucy Park
Executive Director, Sejong Cultural Society

Course Background & Purpose

This course is for teachers who want to learn more about sijo and how to use it in their classrooms. This course is centered on detailed analyses and critiques of student and professional sijo, including writing and editing original sijo.

In this course, teachers will learn, in vast part, by doing. By way of exercises and compositions, teachers will:

  • understand sijo, learning the form, structure and history;
  • generate a sampling of sijo; and
  • create and implement a sijo-centered lesson plan.


  • Introduction using a web 2.0 tool.
  • Weekly posts to the discussion boards.
  • Readings and videos.
  • Writing and editing of original sijo.
  • Commenting on classmates’ sijo.
  • Creating and implementing a sijo-centered lesson plan.


Week one: Through readings and lectures, teachers will understand the form, structure and history of sijo. Teachers will learn of how other teachers have used sijo in a variety of classrooms.

Week two: Teachers will read sijo with a focus on analyzing the structure and form. Expanding on week one’s content, teachers will write and share their own original sijo. Teachers will provide feedback to classmates and make modifications to their poems.

Week three: Teachers will watch other teachers instruct on sijo. Teachers will create their own lesson plans to teach sijo in their classrooms.

Week four and five: Teachers will propose a topic for further collaboration. Teachers will share sijo with colleagues, research writers’ markets and provide the instructor with feedback.


Registration is free.

To register, please fill out this Google Form by one day before the class starts. (e.g., for the March 3, 2024 class, the deadline is March 2, 2024.)

Before the course begins, you will receive an email from Elizabeth Jorgensen explaining how to join the class.

Sijo Book

Teachers who complete all course assignments and submit a lesson plan as requested at the end of the course will receive a free sijo book after the course ends.

CE Credit

In the future, we will be able to issue continuing professional development units. If you'd like to be notified when this goes into effect, please email

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