Nature Writing, October 2017

We went outside and took notes about what we saw in nature. We accumulated sensory details (images of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations -- no tasting was recommended) and some figurative language (personification, similes, metaphors, etc.). We saw an example written by a previous student that clearly featured a theme. This example had a theme of "imperfect perfection," which could be seen in the gnarly oak that still was magnificent and the dead leaves that surrounded a single white daisy. The mood and theme should be part of some of the imagery that you use. Students should avoid simply listing their details, but instead weave them together into a well-developed paragraph.

Scoring: Students will receive 4/4 points for submitting this. Later I will change the assignment to be worth 4 additional points. Remember, writing as a part of your grade is worth 35%.

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English Teacher
Jonas Clarke Middle School
Lexington, MA

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