Metaphors for Belonging-5th grade

In Ms. Robinson-Sanchez’s 5th grade class, we read Francisco X. Alarcón’s Natural Criminal (in English and Spanish) and thought about the ways that he used metaphor to describe the ways he did not feel like he belonged impacted us. We considered why a poet might use a metaphor to describe a big intangible emotion. Students wrote their own poems thinking about a place where they feel like they belong or alternatively a place where they do not feel a sense of belonging, with a focus on using metaphor.

How I Feel 


I am like a fancy color

of sofa that is curved. 


I am like a dog that 

likes to sit down by a small tree.


As if I am a Tesla

always energized 

and ready to go.




I am a lonely star

in a sky of darkness.


A lightning bolt

in the very dark



A duckling away

from its family

in a shallow pond.


A galaxy without

any sight of life or death

or light.


A dark forest in the

middle of the night

with no sign of light.

I am pure darkness.


Favorite Video Game Buddies


When we

play, I feel

like dogs

playing with

a chew toy.


We feel

like wild

wolves, waiting

to win and

attack enemies.


We feel

like flowers

in a garden

getting a lot

of water and sun.


In the

place we

enjoy playing

our consoles

playing games.


When we

play, we

really are


gaming buddies.


My Friends and Me

-Travis D

My friends are the first 6 colors

in a rainbow and I’m the 7th. I’m a pile

of bricks being put together as a sturdy

wall. I feel like a flower in a flower

garden. I feel free. I feel comfortable.

I feel special. Like an animal being taken

care of, a blooming flower getting sunshine.

I’m a fish in a school of fish, like a

cookie being baked in an oven.




“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.