On the day that I was born…

During our last session, we dove into our pasts, to the year we were born and beyond. Inspired by Jacqueline Woodson’s poem “February 12, 1963,” we incorporated research into our poems and imagined the lives of our grandparents and great-grandparents. We especially admired the repetition in Woodson’s poem and the way she uses short and long lines in her poem. Check out some of ours below!


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Yellow Group


June 14, 2009
By Mia M. 

I am born on a Tuesday
at Trinity Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

I am born not far from the time
Michael Jackson had died in
2009, as well as when Barack
Obama became the 44th president
of the USA

I am a fun person
June child


When and Where I Was Born
By Anthony V.

I am born on a Saturday
at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois
I am born in Chicago but
the story of Chicago runs like
blood through my veins

I was born on
August 7, 2008
My grandparents said they lived
through the Chicago Fire in October
Fire everywhere
People getting killed
Water putting down fire


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Red Group


January 12, 2009
By Eric A.

The birthdate of a GOAT
I’m an acquired taste, like a root beer float
First of all, born on a Monday
Gonna be great someday
Ice Spice born in my month
Yea, I’m definitely a munch
Mama Rug born on the same day
We too fly, we don’t play
January 12, 2009
The birthdate of a GOAT


By Danny D.

my birthday
my beginning
people died
I was born
new life


By Alexia G.

The most important day of my life
though I can’t remember it
I see it, through a bright screen

Disasters will happen
so will miracles
but two lives are entering Chicago

Alexia and Elisa twin A and B
Harry Potter, a movie of the year
thank you, 6-23-09


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Red Group


September 14, 2008
By Rihanna N.

I was born September 14, 2008
When the Lehman Brothers
filed for chapter 1 bankruptcy protection
My grandma and grandad worked all
day they moved away years


January 9, 2009
By Joshua F. 

I am born on a Monday
in Trinity Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
A country that’s across another country with
the wish to succeed.

I was born in a whole different
location where my parents would
walk miles in blistered feet just to go to





“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.