Description all around us

In Ms Carteno’s 6th grade classes, we read Ariel Francisco’s “Along the East River and in the Bronx Young Men were Singing” and wrote poems using sensory details to describe places that we love and that are important to us.

In New Mexico


I see mountains

I hear crickets

I smell Mexican food

I taste tamales

I touch cactus



At Dave and Buster’s

I see kids running around, prizes

I hear game sounds, kids yelling

I smell food and air

I taste cake and cupcakes

I touch video games, pries, food, drinks





I see the street filled with cars

I hear the sirens and the traffic

I smell the coffee of Starbucks

I taste the ice cream from the shop

I touch the tall cold buildings



At Wing Stop


I can see broken airplane parts

I can hear people talk about their jobs

I can smell fresh wings

I can taste the hot wings

I can touch the good ranch



“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.