This week in MG’s Creative Writing classes, students began writing “I am from” poems. “I am from” poems are a great way for students to express their individuality through writing, and they provide the reader with a metaphorical window into the author’s life and world. First, students are given a set time to list out as many items as possible under the following categories: Favorite Foods, Things Found in Your House/Room, Names of Family Members/Pets, Places You’ve Lived/Visited, and Hobbies/Skills/Talents. Once these lists have been generated, students transfer their information into a stanza-type format with the beginning of each stanza reading, “I am from”. Please enjoy the selections below and here’s to the written word!
I am from Moe’s burritos and pasta bolognese,
From coffee ice cream and hibachi steak,
And from mashed potatoes and Klodike bars.
I am from swimming and ice skating,
From skiing and volleyball,
And from soccer and martial arts.
I am from Steffi and Buddy,
From Corrine and Clark,
And from Natalia and Rebecca.
I am from North Carolina and New York,
From Dakota and Georgia,
And from Maine and Washington state.
I am from Armenia and Germany,
From Columbia and Paraguay,
And from Costa Rica and Africa.
I am from Guinea Pigs and dogs,
From Sharpies and beds,
And from pillows and television.
-Nadia (7th grade)
I am from pasta marinara and cookie dough ice cream,
From Chik-fil-A minis and chocolate milkshakes,
And from S’mores pockets and chocolate chip pancakes.
I am from playing the piano and drawing in my notebook,
From Nintendo Switches and family pictures,
And from diary writing and pictures of my biological mother.
I am from Monica and John
From Uncle Kevin and Aunt Jen
And from Gracie and Freddy.
I am from Guatemala and London
From Paris and Shanghai
And from Ivy Gate and Heritage Drive.
-Isa (8th grade)
I am from cheese pizza and chicken on the bone,
From filet steaks and popcorn,
And from strawberries and raspberries.
I am from a bed and desk lamps,
From a desk and comic books,
And from chapter books and Legos.
I am from Mom and Dad,
From Mae and Joe the dog,
And from Cece and Pop!
I am from Georgia and Atlanta,
From Wildwood and Dean Drive,
And from Boston and Maine.
I am from reading and writing,
From swimming and running,
And from Star Wars and superheroes.
I am from Vermont and London,
From France and Utah,
And from New York and Disneyland.
-Ward (7th grade)