Many poets have found their inspiration in nature. Inform your students that each one is going to write an original poem. Then take them outside. Together, brainstorm topics they may write about based on what they see around them. Ideas could include clouds, a storm, trees, branches, birds, butterflies, roots — whatever catches their eye. Instruct them to write a poem with at least 4 lines. Remind them that the poem doesn’t have to rhyme, but it does need to express something about the natural world they are experiencing right then.
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