This week kicked off our first week of Hale’s summer poetry program. Students got warmed up with a few exciting games of Simon Says and Four Corners before reading name poems. We talked about the origin of our names together. Some of us were named after family members, and other people were named after famous celebrities. Then, we wrote individual and group poems of our own and performed them in front of the group. Check out a few of them below:
by Robyn, Osmar, Diego, and Ricardo
Our names are the first thing we’re taught.
Everyone is wearing masks, but people still know I’m Ricardo.
I’m Osmar, but everyone calls me Oscar or Omar.
I’m Robyn the person, not robin the bird.
I’m Diego and my name is short.
My name comes from my mother
Like air which we need to breathe
The first letter of the alphabet
Not with a J like my father
Like Alexie which I want my name to be
That represents me
“An” is my name
Descendant of the last king and queen
originates from Vietnam…
My grandpa give it to me because
he saw the great in it.
The name descendant means to help
I wonder what they see in me?
Did the name An have its own story?
But no matter what I will continue
to be the “An” that people know.