My People- 7th Grade

This week we read and discussed Langston Hughes piece My People. We talked about the communities and identities we belong to, and how we can celebrate them. We also explored the list poem form and students had the choice to play with that , or use a structure of their choosing. Enjoy this weeks poems!

My People

Axel T

Cookers, and directors, 

Teachers and even artists

All of those are my people

Authors and librarians

Constructions workers and athletes

Cleaners and sweepers

and waiters and managers. 

All around Pilsen

Hooper and QB’s

Pitchers and goalies

Newborns and toddlers, and

singers and rappers. 

All around Chicago

Millionaires and rich 

gamers and happiness

patients in hospitals

and nurses with the ill

All of this is a few of my people! 

Go Lions! 


We’re weird yet we’re

our own little 

cheer. Everyone and 

everything will pull gravity

towards us. 

We love and share, 

we paint the skies

let them know

we are near

and not leaving

It doens’t matter what you look 

like, or how we 


At the end of the day 

we care for one each other, 

we don’t add gas to the

fire, we’d rather let it

be put out. 

We cheer in our “normal” 


But what is normal? 

Go, go, go lions! 

Go Lions! 

We are brave and the


Go Lions

Go, Go, 

Go Lions!



“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.