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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 an award-winning poet, author, historian and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He has taught in the classroom since 1999 and performed poetry professionally since 1998. His focus in teaching is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves and become more confident with writing so they can continue to be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. Michael’s background includes five years as a high school English teacher and 15 as a journalist. He has authored three poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on Haywood County (NC) history. In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He also manages student contests for the NC Poetry Society.