Becoming Famous @ Shoesmith 5th & 6th Grade

In their eighteenth virtual lesson, Shoesmith 5th and 6th graders explored the meaning of fame. They were asked, “What is fame?” For students fame means popularity, celebrated for an achievement, being remembered for something important. Students mentioned real and fictional famous individuals such as Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Kobe Bryant, Harry Potter, Scarlett Witch, and Naruto.

Together we read and discussed the poem “Famous,” by Naomi Shihab Nye. In her poem Nye uses metaphors to compare the idea of “fame” to various objects and living things. The river is famous to the fish/ The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds watching him from the birdhouse/ The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.  Towards the end of her poem Nye describes how she wants to be famous like a pulley or buttonhole. Not because it did anything spectacular/ but because it never forgot what it could do. Nye believes people can be famous for spreading kindness and just by being themselves.

Inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye students wrote poems describing what they wish to be famous for. Please enjoy this week’s poems by these famous young poets.



Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade 
Group 1


By Ryan B.

The clouds are famous to the sky, the hair gel is famous to the hair, the lotion is famous to the skin, the pen is famous to the paper, the hand sanitizer is famous to the hands, the air is famous to the lungs

and I want to be famous in a big fictional role on Netflix


What will I Be Famous For?
By Victoria G.

What will I be famous for?
I don’t know the answer to that question YET
Who knows maybe I might show some aggression
In a film
Or maybe I could try some dancing
Maybe I could try singing then winning
A sport or I will be in court
To see who is guilty or innocent
Or I might go to the airport
To be a pilot or styling someone’s hair
I don’t know what I will be in the future
But I have some ideas
I want to be as famous as a finger is to the phone


Fame Name
By Amina K.

The clothes is famous to the closet
The lipstick is famous to the lips when you get a kiss
The clouds is famous to the sky
The brick is famous to the house
Like a mouse
The pencil is famous to the paper
I want to be famous as a brush is to paint
When it touches the canvas and makes a masterpiece
I want to be famous as a controller is to a video game



Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade 
Group 2



These days are famous
By Alonna A.

These days, people are more more famous than before
but, lets name things that some people or things are famous for!
Like cheese is famous to the rat
Or, like cake is famous to me
Maybe like anime is famous to me and my best friends
Or maybe like YouTube is famous to youtubers
Probably like Alexa is famous to my brother
Or something like stars are famous to the night
But the most famous thing for me is my fear keeping me away from clowns.


Luxurious Fame
By Amaya B.

Blood is famous to the body
Food is famous to the body
Electricity is famous to chargers
Colors are famous to rainbows
Candy is famous to our cravings
School is famous to homework
Mask is famous to the face
Pencils are famous to the paper
I want to be as famous like a foot is to a shoe
I want to be famous like money is to a millionaire
I want to be famous like sheets and pillows to a bed
I want to be famous as a road is to a car.
I want to be famous like an actress is to acting.


Fame is flame
By Carlton F.

The animals are famous to the forest
The pencil is famous to the paper
The ice cream is famous to the fridge
The air is famous to the lungs
Food is famous to the stomach
Flowers are famous to the soil
I want to be famous to YouTube


What am I famous for
By Dalana G.

I am famous for me
She is famous for she
He is famous for he
The tree is famous for the leaves
The bees is famous for the honey
Shoes are famous for the laces
You are famous for……………………….



Ms. Henry’s 6th Grade 
Group 1



The School
By De’Anna A.

The student is famous to the teacher
The learning is famous to the Brain
The math is famous to the number
The PE is famous to the heart
The lunch is famous to the bone
The recess is famous to the energy


By: Kaidyn F.

I aspire to be
The enthrallment to the book
The ink to the pen
The relief to the pressure
The hope to the hopeless
The relaxation to the overworked
The water to the mind that’s run dry
The motivation to millions everywhere


Famous General Surgeon
By Shamari P.

I want to be a famous general surgeon

I want to be as famous skipper to the skip
Not because I’m the first to do but because
I earned it

I want to be as famous as the snake to the skin
Not because you never seen anyone do it but
Because you never saw someone do It like me

I want to be as famous as the fish to the water
Not because I made you respect me
But because I earned your respect




Ms. Henry’s 6th Grade 
Group 2


By Londyn A.

The sink is famous to the dishes
A washer is famous to clothes
The refrigerator is famous for holding food
A basketball is famous to the hoops and rims
A pillow is famous to the bed
A chair is famous to sitting
A stove is famous to cooking


Video Games and Space
By Deondray B.

The technology is famous to Outer space
The video game is famous to the marketplace
Outer space is famous to the people
The entertainment is famous to the people
The universe is famous to the scientist
The sequel to the game is famous to the alliances
The milky way galaxy is famous to the world
I’m gonna be famous for both of these
Just one day it’s gonna be a breeze


By Timothy M.

I want to be as famous as amustycow

A PC is famous to a gamer
Social Media is famous to the influencer
Youtube is famous to amustycow

Deadpool is famous to Marvel
Finger are famous to Controllers
Laptops are famous to editors`




“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.