An Invitation to Experience Nature

1. Think of a time someone showed you something wonderful in nature. 

Recall a time someone (a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, teacher) showed you something wonderful in nature, something they hadn’t really seen or noticed before.


2. Brainstorm experiences to write about 

You can also share ideas with a partner. 


3. Ask yourself journalists questions 

Use journalists’ questions (who, what, when, where, why, how) to prompt yourself or a partner for elaboration.


4. Read "Summons" by Robert Francis 

Take some time to read and think about Francis', "Summons" 


5. Read Think about Francis's structures. 

How does Francis structure his poem? There are a lot of commands in the poem. This can also be called "imperatives". Go through the poem and underline imperatives, such as:

  •  keep
  • come
  • bang
  • stomp


6. Circle conjunctions 

Circle the conjunctions or and and, used to vary the rhythm of the imperatives. Suggest they play with using structures such as

  • “or if . . .,”
  • “not only . . . but,”
  • and others to keep the poem moving.


7. Continue writing with these considerations in mind. 

Try out some commands in your poem while you describe a moment someone showed you something wonderful in nature. 


8. Share what you've created 

When you finish freewriting you can:

  • Read it out loud to yourself to see if you will make any edits.
  • Give your piece of writing a title.
  • And of course...share your creation with a friend or loved one!


9. Submit your writing. 

Submit your writing to potentially be published in the River of Words Anthology.