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Creating Poetry with an Environmental Theme

Originally appears in the Winter 2010-2011 issue

An outdoor experience can be the impetus for a number of language arts activities.  Poetry in its many forms can be used to express a personal interaction with the real world.  However, some students are reluctant to put to paper their poetic feelings about contact with nature.  In many cases this is a result of apprehension about the reaction of peers to an initial attempt to write a poem or a lack of understanding of poetic form and meter.

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Bert Murphy is a lecturer in outdoor and environmental education in the Faculty of Teacher Education at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and a former consultant in environmental education for the District School Board of Niagara.