From the jungles of the Amazon to the coral reefs off the coast of Australia, there’s a world of wonder ready to explore. A world of waterfalls and volcanoes. A world of butterfly wings and tiger eyes. Whether your students are studying landforms, animals or habitats, poetry is a natural fit for descriptive writing lessons that use rich imagery and sharp details. We’ll start by compiling word lists and details about the animals or habitats that the students are studying and then compose free verse poems that incorporate techniques like metaphors, alliteration and personification. While we’re at it, we’ll learn fascinating facts about animals and plants from around the world and the unique features of their habitats.
Michael Beadle is a poet, author, and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He’s taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15-year career as a journalist, he’s published five poetry books, a poetry CD, and three photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He’s been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as statewide coordinator of student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.