Diversity in Identity

For our 15th sessions, Swift 2nd graders reviewed what they remembered from last week when we watched a video of Janet S. Wong who talked about the value of handmade, handwritten, and well-thought-out gifts over store-bought presents. 3rd graders were on a field trip, but 2nd graders proceeded to “taste” and discuss Janet S. Wong’s identity poem, “Face It,” and thought about diversity in the world, as well as the diversity and similarity within our own families.

Ms. Urquiza’s
2nd grade

List of Gifts for poems

gift of morning poem
gift of money poem
gift of surprises poem
gift of all the games in the world poem(s)
gift of dolls poem
gift of coloring books poem
gift of butterflies poem
gift of love with warm food poem
gift of sunshine poem
gifts of everything good poem

Ms. Pendola
2nd Grade

Abhipsa J.

I am the only one in my family that can
do the best crafts.
I was born in America
my mom, dad, and my sister were born
in Nepal. Me and my little brother
were born in America.

I have to share stuff with my little brother
me and my sister have the same clothes

I like to do crafts and drawing.

Sosan A.

Let me tell you all about me.
I was born in Afghanistan. I look
like my mom. I
behave like myself
and I like a lot of stuff
like my birthday, music,
singing, and that’s it.

Lea I.

I was born in Sweden
my dad and mom are from
Sweden and Bosnia
I have tan skin like
my mom and dad and I like
gymnastics and ballet.

Annie A.

I was born in africa
my eyes are dark like my family
my mom is from Africa same as
my dad
my mom loves doing hair and
I do too.

This is how I feel
by Marlo C.

I was born in Chicago, my eyes glow
like my family. We like, we don’t like
but it ends out okay
we save the rain for
another day.

I have the same skin, I have
the same hair
brown, yellow, I don’t care
when the clouds come we run and run
to the sun.
I laugh, I run sometimes I’m mad not like
the sun. I switch and scratch
it moves in a flash.

Gulbegim M.

I was born in Russia
My mom is from Pamir
I have the same eyes as my sister
I act like my dad
I am good at soccer.

Stuff about me!
by Noble

Everything that I own belongs to God
So I’m beautiful, and I’m brave.
Nigeria is hot
My eyes are brown.

Arya M.

I was born in the United States of America
or Chicago. My mom and dad
were born in Nepal. My brother and me look
the same. I have the same face with my
dad. I’m the only one that gets ready
for school the fastest.



“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.