Reopening: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools

I Am From Poems

Part of the Projects at Home Collection

Created By

EL Education

Create an “I Am From” Poem about your background, home, family, life, and traditions. 

To get started with this project, check out these models:

Tips

  1. I Am From poems were inspired by the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon. There is a template (a formula) created based on that poem that you can fill in to make your own poem. You can see that here. Or, you can just use the model to inspire you to create something similar about your life. 
  2. I Am From poems are most powerful when they have strong sensory language—smells, tastes, sights, and things that you touch that make you think of your home, your family, your life. 
  3. Poems are often more powerful and meaningful when they use language that is surprising and fresh—your own words—rather than words or phrases that you often hear or read others using. 
  4. You can share your poems with us at #ProjectsAtHome, and also with the I Am From Project.

Working on Projects at Home is different than working in school. 
We do not give you lessons or directions.
We give you models of each project to look at carefully, and then you decide how to adopt the project for your interests, skills, materials, time, and any new ideas you have.
Your project does not have to look like the models—it can be inspired by the models.
If you are proud of what you created, we encourage you to share it online with the hashtag:  #ProjectsAtHome.


Created By

EL Education

Create an “I Am From” Poem about your background, home, family, life, and traditions. 

To get started with this project, check out these models:

Tips

  1. I Am From poems were inspired by the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon. There is a template (a formula) created based on that poem that you can fill in to make your own poem. You can see that here. Or, you can just use the model to inspire you to create something similar about your life. 
  2. I Am From poems are most powerful when they have strong sensory language—smells, tastes, sights, and things that you touch that make you think of your home, your family, your life. 
  3. Poems are often more powerful and meaningful when they use language that is surprising and fresh—your own words—rather than words or phrases that you often hear or read others using. 
  4. You can share your poems with us at #ProjectsAtHome, and also with the I Am From Project.

Working on Projects at Home is different than working in school. 
We do not give you lessons or directions.
We give you models of each project to look at carefully, and then you decide how to adopt the project for your interests, skills, materials, time, and any new ideas you have.
Your project does not have to look like the models—it can be inspired by the models.
If you are proud of what you created, we encourage you to share it online with the hashtag:  #ProjectsAtHome.


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