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Paulsen-inspired
Nature Poems

visualizing details to create
tone and mood

 


Student Writer Instructions:

As someone reads aloud to you, close your eyes and visualize the events that happen in chapter one of Woodsong by Gary Paulsen. When you have a clear image in your mind about what is taking place in the chapter, sketch or draw what you see.  After listening to the chapter and finishing your sketch, go back and use your own words or any words or phrases from chapter one to label your sketch.   

Looking at your labeled sketch, think of one image that sticks out in your mind and think of the emotional tone that image might bring to a reader.  For example, you may focus on the excitement of the dog team, the fear of the prey, the beauty of the woods or the amazement of the narrator.  The emotion you choose will be the title of the poem you will next create. 

Your teacher may tell you specifics on the style and length of your poem, or you may choose your own.  For ideas on different styles to use in your poem, go to the interactive button game below.

  1. Button #1 will provide you with a variety of emotions/moods if you're having trouble finding your own.
     
  2. Button #2   will provide you with an example in nature to choose as the topic of your poem.
     
  3. Button #3 will provide you with the type of poem, or poetic form for you to write your poem in. Use this if your teacher hasn't already pre-assigned you a poetic form to use!

If you need a great list of emotions, click here. If you need a great list of poetic forms to choose from, click here

Remember, the emotion of your poem and how you express the emotion is how you will use strong voice in your poem.  Using active verbs and exact adjectives will improve your word choice.  Good luck and see how emotional writing poetry can be!  

 

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

 

Select the emotion/mood of your poem, or click here for an extensive list of emotions to use...
 
(Don't be afraid to think of your own emotion/mood for your poem, if you can't find one you like here.)

  


Select an aspect of nature for your poem's topic...
 
(Don't be afraid to think of your own nature topic for your poem, if you can't find one that you like here.)

 


Select the poetic style of your poem. Use this link to help you understand the poetic style you choose..

(Don't be afraid to think of your own poetic style, if you can't find one that you like here.)

 

 


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