Chicago: Love and Live It

The poets from Ms. Pannells’ class learned about the structure of a poem by reading “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg. They dissected the poem into lines, lyrics, and stanzas. They also analyzed how Carl Sandburg shifts the tone and mood of the poem. The poets then wrote their own poems about the city of Chicago and practiced shifting their tone and mood about same city. In the first stanza they were asked to write about some of the negative things they know about Chicago, in the second stanza they wrote about some of the positive things. Enjoy!

2 Sides, 1 City

Abner T.


Gangsters kill people and have shootouts

There is so much pollution and vandalism

Graffiti car crashes drunk people and

People who rob jewelry and money


Tacos and street parties and movie theaters

Parks for having fun, and families loving each other

Library for books, hospitals to heal people

Museums to see fascinating painting and art and prehistoric items




our great city

Naveah W. 

Fire is all over the place making people leave their homes

Stealing is bad because we need clothes to stay warm

Crime is everywhere

Smoke is suffocating


Animals help us

Schools where we learn to be smart and have a good job

Trees give us oxygen so we can breathe and live

Bees give us honey


My City

Mia B.


There is really bad pollution in the lake

Bad fumes from the cars and trucks

The streets are cruel and dangerous

racism is also ruining our city


Good neighbors with good food

Cute animals all around the city

The Bean is really big and shiny

The shoes are really comfy and they look good

La ciudad de Chicago es… 

Aileen M.


las personas roban niños

venden drogas a personas

roban tiendas

la gente es mala

Pero también tiene su lado bueno


La gente es honrada

La ciudad es linda

Las casa son lindas

El clima es lindo



Yamileth D.


Cutting trees is damaging the air for us

Traffic is making people lake for work and school

The cold is making people sick

Trash in the city, leading to the lake, is hurting the animals

Charity is good for people who have no place to go.

Protection is good for people because so that nothing bad can happen to them.

The warmth is good because some people can get only get jobs when it’s warm.

Clean air helps us to have clean lungs so that we can breathe well.


Mala y Bueno

Miguel M.


Las factorías contaminan el aire

El humo que hace Chicago

Las personas que no respeta

Covid 19 es muy malo y si te enfermas te puedes morir


La nieve es bien divertido

La comida de Chicago es muy rica

Las escuelas son buenas

La ayuda que te dan





“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.