What Makes You Unique? 5th Grade Autobiographical Poems

For my second time meeting remotely with 5th graders at Avondale-Logandale school, we talked about biography and autobiography, and “singing a song of oneself.” We learned that an ode shows respect for, or celebrates a person, place or, thing. After reading the poem “Ode to My Size,” by Peter Acosta (from Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young People selected by Naomi Shihab Nye) we thought about different qualities that make us unique. Some qualities include physical and character traits, as well as desires, needs, and fears. Enjoy a sampling of students’ Autobiographical Poems.

5th Grade – Room 204

An Ode about Myself
Brandon C.

I am myself to others, I am unique like others,
I give laughter and funness
I have a family, I am a brother, friend, cousin, and son to others as I go,
I grew up in a house, with my family, and now I’m here, typing this
now that I’m big

Ode about Myself, This is my Ode,
I’m happy that I’m a person.
Years ago I left my old house, and now I have a new one

People think I’m funny, but no I’m like a clown!
I think about something, then laugh all day long.
I’m short
others say, you look like a kid, but when I tell them my age they all go, “What? But you look small?”

I like many things that others maybe like!
I fear the dark! I always think there’s somebody inside,
I wish one day it was hot, sunny, and my family would go to the beach, and eat ice cream!
This is my Ode, My life, I celebrate it forever
I will never forget it, never forget it.


Ode to my Home
Mitzielys T.

Ode to my Puerto Rican home
I am Kind, Strong, and Loved
I am a sister, a daughter, a cousin
I am a lover of arts and crafts
I feel confident


Ode: I am Me
Nialaney G.

I am unique, beautiful, and brave
I am an aunt, a little sister, and daughter
I love to do art, baking, singing, and dancing
Today I feel excited, happy, and cheerful
I would like to visit France, Puerto Rico, and Florida.
I love that I am creative, smart, and kind
I am afraid of the dark, scary movies, and clowns


5th Grade – Room 206

The Ode I Was Born With
Megan T.

I am a very good best friend and very good big sister.
I am very thankful for being talented at most of the stuff.
In return I give advice, hugs and respect for people who need it.

But sometimes I wish all the good could last forever and the bad could disappear.
We all should know that not everything can last forever.
This is the reason why I need to explore the world under my feet.
Let’s work together and make the world a better place.
Later it will be helpful to still have the same world as we had before.


the song that I hear in my heart
Angeliz G.

What I like about myself is that I’m  kind and generous to people. I’m helpful to my whole family which makes it so warm inside.

But there’s something that I don’t like. It’s the virus.
They say there’s  going to be a shot, so I’m hoping that it does work.

So I’m not worrying about that because I believe in God and hoping this all ends.


I am myself and only myself
Michael N.

I am 11 years old
I like games and food and fruits
I have a lot of friends that I play with online
I have to take care of my baby sister and brother
I have to pass in school to be successful in life
I will be a policeman when I grow up
I will be a happy man for the rest of my life
I will not make bad decisions and I won’t fail school



“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.