Chicago Poems

Today’s poems are inspired by fellow CPC poet-in-residence Fullamusu Bangura’s poem, “Chicago.” We talked about how poems are made up of “lines” and noticed that each line in “Chicago” was created using only two words. First graders shared what they love about Chicago and transformed their ideas into two-word lines for our collaborative poem.


Ms. Cooley
1st Grade

tasty food
fun TV
nice city
tall skyscrapers

tall mansions
cool hotels
rainbow airplanes
electric hoverboards

fun park
beautiful flowers
flying birds
silly squirrels

hot sand
nice rainbow
deep water
sandy beach

playa bonita
playa divertida
playa fresquisima


Ms. Armand
1st Grade

snowy towers
casas bonitas
snow fights
big buildings
snow girls
pelotas de nieve



cute grass
clean beach
cool workouts
water park
nice people
important family
fun sleepovers
Target shopping
fun playground
scary movies
bussin fries
carros lindos
warm beach








“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.