Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I am From

Slice of Life #28
I am From

Got this idea from Peg D., on her blog "Archer Mom Documenting..."

I am from the country where everyone has SISU.
I am from the people who understand and practice perseverance.
I am from love that took little longer to mature
I am educated in three different continents from where my wisdom comes from
I am from the church where love and desire to be a real disciple are important
I am from the community where people are treasured
I am from the school that believes in diversity and celebration of cultures
I am part of a family from whom I draw my strength
I am from the generation that still likes network news
I am from the grocery store that has the shortest lines
I am from city that survived  bombings in the past and snow at the present
I am part of the friends that communicate with each other from the couch--you know Skype and Facebook.
I am from the people who were readers, and who have made me fall in love with both reading and writing!
I am from the country where everyone has SISU!


  1. This may be a stupid question, but what is SISU? I like the line about communicating from the couch. You could also say we talk with our thumbs. I have tried I am From a number of times with a variety of successes. I did have a student win a writing contest once with an I am From poem which is hard to do with such a well known form. Thanks.

  2. Here is a link to find more about "SISU".

  3. I am glad that you included the link to SISU. When reading your poem, I didn't know what it meant, but I knew it must be something very meaningful, powerful to you. However, the explanation, made the poem even more powerful for me as a reader. I had a hint of it from your second line anyway, but knowing the meaning and seeing it reflected multiple times throughout the poem emphasized it even more.

    1. Thank you so much for your many comments on my blog!! They have definitely made my first month of blogging much nicer. Many times you have encouraged me with your words! Thank you!

  4. I love this too! I have written a "Found" poem before. Never tried it with first graders though. It really means a lot to find out new things about people after reading their found poem. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love this! I always do a poem called Where I Come From with my students.

  6. Thanks for explaining SISU -- what a neat concept! I love those special words that just can't really be translated, at least not in one word. Thanks for teaching us about your background in this way!

  7. Love that word Sisu. Your world sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing. Just beautiful.

  8. I think I'd like to try one of these poems. Your chose many fascinating facts. I loved learning a new word, sisu, that I can use.

  9. These kind of poems make great mentor texts. The format and structure are so clear. We find out so much about you through each line as you define who you are. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I didn't have to check wikipedia, I understood SISU. Greetings from Estonia!

  11. Thanks Terje!!
    I might have a chance to visit Estonia again this summer!


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