This exercise was found and facilitated by Amanda Penn, she and Esther worked and lived together while they were Fulbright English Teaching Assistants at Sedibeng FET College in Vereeniging, South Africa.
They co-led a library club, which consisted of two parts- Poetry Society and Leadership Society. Using the poem "Where I'm From," by George Ella Lyon (see below). Check out the template and examples here:
Esther's 'I'm From' poem
Where I'm From by George Ella Lyon
I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I'm from fudge and eyeglasses, from Imogene and Alafair.
I'm from the know-it-alls and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down! I'm from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.
I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch, fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments-- snapped before I budded -- leaf-fall from the family tree.
“Where I’m From” Template/Draft
Directions: Fill in the blanks today. You will copy the entire poem with your words filled in and create a visual to go with it. You will NOT make a final copy with the words contained in the parenthesis! Leave those out!
I am from (specific ordinary item)_________________________________________________________
from (product name)____________________and (another product name)__________________ I am from the (home description)__________________________________________________________
Adjective that describes the above home description________________, __________________
It (tasted, sounded, looked , felt –choose one)________________________________________
I am from the (plant, flower, or natural item)________________________________________________,
the (plant, flower, or natural item)__________________________________________________
(Description of natural item)_______________________________________________________ I’m from the (family tradition)________________________and (family trait)_______________________ from (name of family member)_____________and (name of family member)________________
and (another name)________________________________
I’m from the (description of family tendency)____________________________________________ and
(Another family tendency)_______________________________________________________
From (something you were told as a child)______________________________________________ and (another thing you were told as a child)_____________________________________________
I’m from (representation of religious or spiritual beliefs or lack of it)_____________________________, (further description of spiritual beliefs)_______________________________________________
I’m from (place of birth and family ancestry)_______________________________________________, (Two food items that represent your ancestry)________________and ______________. From the (specific family story with a detail about a specific person)______________________________
the (another detail of another family member)________________________________________. (Location of family pictures...You pick the preposition) ________________________________________ I am from (general statement with DETAILS about who you are or where you are from)______________