Back of the Yards got Bars

Couplets are a common rhyme scheme used in poetry and, especially in rap music. They are two lines of poetry that rhyme. After listening to lyrics performed by the Tupac Shakur and Bad Bunny the young poets took their turn writing raps. They wrote couplets talking about what most rappers talk about…themselves. Put on some instrumentals and read aloud!



I like to play video games

And I like to play with my choo choo trains


I like to play soccer

And I get my ball from the locker


I like the park

Like I like the water park


I like McDonald’s

Like I like Ronald McDonald



My name is Jennifer and I like to sleep

And guess what I like to eat


But I don’t like the deep sea

I don’t like to be seen



I like to pay volleyball

In the Fall


I like to do my nails

They do them like snails


I like crocs

I can wear my messy socks


I like texting

when resting


I like eating

Then sleeping


Soy Mexicana

Me gusta La Michoacana


I like corn

Since I was born



hi my name is Adrian everything is crazy

From my perspective this is what I see


Disappointment is everywhere I go

In this city of Chicago


Trapped in a cycle

Nonstop shouting I’m going psyco



Jazi that is me

I’m getting things for free


When I see the sea

I guarantee you can trust me


Jaz had got caught by the fuzz

And years become crumbs



I’m as smart

as a tart


I like the wind

And I always win


I go to school

To not be a fool


I’m not trash

And I don’t have a rash


I’m jumping on the bed

But never bump my head



I like soccer

And Neymar is a big flopper


I like to sleep

Maybe count some sheep


I wear Jordan 4’s

Maybe go on the floors


I was in 2011

May bars are sent from heaven




“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.