Video Visit to a Monarch Sanctuary in Mexico
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Capture the Wonder with Words
Writers collect words to help them describe the world. Have students view the video of a monarch sanctuary and imagine themselves there. What sketches and notes would a poet write in a journal while sitting below monarch-filled branches?

View the video a second time to collect sensory words and descriptive details. Use the Writer's Quest for Details journal page to help students use a variety of writing strategies to "find the words" that describe the monarch's winter habitat. Invite students to use the collected words and phrases to write poems that capture the wonder of monarchs in their winter home.

Here are some poetry forms and techniques to get you started:

List Poem:
In a List Poem, the writer starts by brainstorming a list, then writes a poem using words from the list. Each line typically contains one to three words.

Sample List Poem:

Stained-glass-window wings
Billowing, blowing branches
Butterfly beehive boughs
Silent, scurrying, struggling
Every one alive

The Japanese Haiku is a poem of 17 syllables arranged in 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

Sample Haiku:

tiny muscles stretch
warming, waiting, sensing all
soon to migrate back

Write a poem in which the first word in each line begins with one letter from the word "Monarch."

Sample AlphaAntics

In the Winter
by Rita Welch

Mountain slopes
Oyamel trees
Nestled butterflies
Arched branches
Resting roosts
Closed-wing clusters
Hush of winter wonder

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Writer's Quest
Journal Page | Sample

Poem: Monarchs in Mexico
Visiting Poet

Allison Demming, the great granddaughter of Nathanial Hawthorn, wrote this poem during a visit to the monarch sanctuaries. Share this poem with students.