5th & 6th graders get into shape with poetry

For their fourteenth week of poetry 5th and 6th graders learned how to be creative with Concrete Poetry. A concrete poem sometimes called “shape” poetry, is when words are arranged on the page to create an image that looks like the subject of the poem.

Together we read the “Steam,” a concrete poem by Sabrina Guo a thirteen year old girl who was the 2019 1st place winner in Stone Soup Magazine’s Concrete Poetry Contest. Guo’s entire poem is shaped like a mug of tea, with words curling like steam. On winter days when her house is cold, she shares tea with her mother. This ritual of sipping tea with her mother gives her comfort and relaxation, allowing her to focus on her thoughts, dreams, and imagination.

Inspired by Sabrina Guo, students created their own concrete poems, using unique shapes to reflect significant moments in their own daily lives.


Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 1


Fun Hours 
By Sanaa F.


By Aleah G. 


High Five 
By Zion N. 



Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 2


By Adam A.


When it Rains 
By Eugene D. 


The Football Life 
By Willie H. 



Ms. Henry’s 6th Grade
Group 1


Phone Phone Phone 
By Janiyla B.


By Ayron B.


A Drink Of Fanta 
By Zamarrion


Chicken Noodle Soup 
By Tia W.



Ms. Henry’s 6th Grade
Group 2


The Maze 
By Victoria G. 


Game Controller
By Aurion P. 


Football Life 
By Jae’Von S. 


My Passion 
By Amaya V. 



“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.