Grissom Group Poems 6th Grade

Mrs. Nazimek| 6th Grade (second period)

inspired by: “Bilingual/Bilingüe” , By  Rhina P. Espaillat 


Group Poem

recited together

Eliana C., Nicholas H., Aerson O.


Quiet as a mouse, but not at my house,

my team work is hard, hard as stone

when I see the ball my point postpones,

I may not seem athletic,

I may not,

but it’s like a roller coaster may seem scary 

but actually may be fun.

I escape to freedom up the court

but back to prison when I see a point,

acting good

can’t wear hoods.


The ball goes up and down like an airplane

working hard like an NBA player

finally relaxing

with the time passing,

throwing a small ball into a glove

or a weird shaped ball into a glove.

Group Poem

recited by one person

Delilah, Franciaso, Jaslyn, Diego


At school I do my best to complete my work,

at school my voice is low and quiet when I speak,

at home I’m crazy like a lion,

energized like a fully charged phone,

I am fast like a cheetah,

I am smart like Albert,

I laugh a lot at school,

but stay quiet at home.


At school I bravely smile or laugh out loud,

at school I don’t have much of an appetite,

I eat good food at home, but nasty food at school,

I talk a lot because I’m a chatterbox,

at home I’m calm like a bird.


Group Poem

Leah, Ariah, Joaquin, Ashton



2 different people,

only one body


Focused and calm,

distracted and nervous.



2 different people,

only one body


Calm and quiet,

energetic and loud.



2 different people,

only one body


with friends and bored,

with family and entertained.



2 different people,

only one body


good at it, good attitude,

great at it, bad attitude.


Group Poem

Malachi, Ruby, Julian, Kamiyah



At school, I’m focused

at home I’m not,

at home I play lots of video games

with voices in my ear,

at school I read books and write poetry,

when I’m at home I hangout with my mom.

And at school I play basketball,

at home I get to move around, at home

I have to sit in my seat.



Outside of school I’m awkward and forget how to talk to people,

Sometimes I can look like a deer staring at headlights in a big group of people.

She is calm, quiet, and likes to mind her business.



Barley free mostly trapped,

I’m out with my friends hearing them rap, already done it’s a wrap.



At home I’m not so smart, at school I act smart,

but not all the time, I get very crazy when someone is irritating, 

I can get very upset but I try my best. 




“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.