TEL Lesson Plan
Nurture the Poetic Muse Through Nature Poems

Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: English/Language Arts: Creative Writing (3012)
Time Frame: Two to three class periods


Students will locate, read and analyze poems about nature and focus on techniques used. They will then write a report comparing the different techniques used by the poets. Focus Question: What techniques are used by poets writing poems about nature?

Databases/Other Resources

Literature Resource Center, Academic Onefile, Expanded Academic ASAP, Gale Powersearch


The students will be introduced to nature poets chosen by the teacher-Thoreau, Keats, Wordsworth, Frost, Coleridge, and Shelley are some examples. They will be sensitized to some poetic techniques with some chosen poems. They will then locate some nature poems on their own and some articles that discuss poetic techniques. They will then write about the techniques they see in the poems they selected.


Steps for Teacher

Steps for Librarian

Steps for Student

  1. Access the Tennessee Electronic Library:
  2. Under the Search Box, select Browse by School Grade Level
  3. Select High School Resources.
  4. Select either Gale Powersearch, Academic Onefile, or Literature Resource Center.
  5. Enter the search terms poetic techniques in the search box.
  6. Evaluate results and select three articles. Take notes on several techniques.
  7. Select Academic Onefile or Gale Powersearch, and enter the words nature and poem in the search box. If using Literature Resource Center do the same search. Click on the Primary Sources and Literary Works tab to find poems.
  8. Read several poems and take notes on the techniques used.
  9. Write a short paper comparing and contrasting the use of the techniques in the different poems.

Related Activities

  1. Students will write their own nature poems using the techniques they studied.
  2. Have student read some of Thoreau’s nature poems.



Content Standards

Creative Writing (3012) - Grades 9-12


Content Standard:


The student will be given the opportunity to develop this creative outlet through additional writing experiences.


Students often have the opportunity to experience expository writing in the classroom but have little time to develop imaginative writing.  Creative Writing allows them to promote self-expression, to explore various writing styles, and to strive for variety in diction, sentence structure, and format.




Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Creative Writing (3012) - Grades 9-12

Learning Expectations:


Performance Indicators State

N/A for Creative Writing

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