“Where I’m From” Poems

I’ve updated one of my most popular ELA teaching posts! The Where I’m From poem is perfect for back to school. Every teacher I know raves about this poem. Find out all about it here PLUS find templates to help you get started on day one!

ELA Brave and True by Marilyn Yung

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“Where I’m From” poems are perfect for going back to school! Read on to get acquainted with this awesome poem that every teacher I know raves about.

Have you heard of George Ella Lyon? She’s an American writer and teacher from Kentucky who wrote a poem several years ago called “Where I’m From.” Here’s Lyons’ poem:

Where I’m From

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…

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Published by Marilyn Yung

Writes | Teaches | Not sure where one ends and the other begins.

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