What is in my Name

For week one with Dever Elementary’s 7th graders, we took on learning about one another’s names through poetry. We talked about what we would be doing together during poetry time, what poetry is and we read a peer poem called “Alejandro” in which a the poet shows readers about how their name has impacted them. The students featured below did their own versions of the piece with their own names and experiences.


Attached are pieces from a handful of Dever’s brilliant 7th graders. Ms. Carteno and Ms. Sherfinski’s groups each had unique personalities, names, and stories behind them.

Carteno’s Class



By Amelia T.

My name is “Amelia” 

It means to work

but when I work too hard 

My hand starts to hurt 

I work for my family

I work for my friends

I work for anyone I love

Especially my dog

I work for my education.

I work for learning. 



By. Marley T.

 “Marley” thats my name 

“Pleasant wood” 

That means meadow water

My name originates from Greece

My name was a mix of my grandmas given by my dad

Who was thoughtful 

I will be pleasant wood 

I will be medow water Marley



By Szymon D.

Szymon, Yes, that’s my name in hebrew.

It means descendant from Simon. 

Originates from Poland 

And my name which was given to me for a reason

Which was given to me by my parents who saw amazement in me and in my life.


Sherfinski’s Class 

 My Name

By. Trudy B.

Gertrude that is my name my parents gave me

Gertrude means strong and protector 

This is part of me because i protect the people i love, and will be strong when they need me to be

My name originates from Ireland. When people hear my name they say it’s old fashioned and from a time of no internet and quiet.

I like my name, it was my grandmas name who died  before I was able to meet her. 

I feel like it gave me a part of her within me.


Poem about myself

By Mikolaj S.

Hi my name is Mikolaj

My name is after santa in Poland

And my dad named me.

My name is different than my personality because i do not give away





“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.