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"I AM" Poems: Basin Poetry

Many of us feel so out of touch with the natural world that we often don’t see what is there beyond the obvious. The focus of this activity is to have students feel that they are a part of the natural world. Plan a field experience for students in order to conduct observations of natural elements. (Refer to Chapter 11). If an actual field experience is not possible, conduct a “guided visit” in the class. Students should sit quietly by themselves and use their senses to observe as much as they can. Discuss elements of the I AM Poem with students. Brainstorm ideas with the class.

Teaching Materials:

  • Observation log sheets per student

  • Copies of I AM Poem handout (next page)


Using the format and models of the I AM Poem provided, students should work alone or with a partner to compose an original poem about some element of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The following steps are suggested:

  1. Using your senses, collect as many observations about the place around you as you can. If possible, return to the same spot on other occasions, especially at another time of day or in other weather conditions. Complete an observation log sheet each time you go. These will help you complete the lines of the poem that begin with “I hear...”; “I see...”; “I touch....”.

  2. Using your internal senses, try to feel a connection with the world around you and express what you are thinking or feeling about your observations. This will help you complete the lines of the poem that begin with “I pretend...”; “I worry...”; “I dream....”; “I hope....”.

  3. Putting observations and feelings together will help you complete the poem. These are the lines that start with “I am...”; I wonder...”; “I understand...”; I try....”.

  4. Use a computer and other resources such as clip art or photographs (downloaded from the Internet) to create your I AM Poetry. Type, proof, and edit if necessary. Share your poems with your classmates.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Essential Questions
  3. Natural Resource Balance
  4. Activity: How We See the Puzzle
  5. What are our most precious Natural Resources?
  6. Activity: Agricultural Runoff
  7. Activity: Salt and Cypress
  8. Activity:  "I AM"