7th Grade- New Words Pt. 1

This week we read Jose Olivarez’s piece Hecky Naw and talked about words we love to use that are part of our identities. Students had a great time discussing slang, and local Chicago words you might not hear in other places. We’ll be posting a few more of these next week as students continue to work on them. But for now, enjoy this week’s poets!



D’Kari M 

Pop Out Trim 


Come to the party

trim with yo group

it’s a lot of juke parties this weekend.

Pop out dance to the music,

put that drip on,

get some girls,

get they IG’s 

it’s gone be loud and lit 

pop out. 



Eummanni G. 


If you my gangasaur

then I rock with you

If you my gangasaus

then you real cool

Me and my gangasaur

have alot in common

me and my gangasaur

have the same taste

The time we spend together

never goes to waste

People trying to kill our vibe

that the people we hate

we are 4-lifers

And there’s no need to debate

no need to decipher



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.