A Name Poem (type of Acrostic Poem), tells about the word. It uses the letters of the word for the first letter of each line.
C is for Curious, an insatiable intellect
H is for Honest, your words are truth
A is for Affectionate, radiating warmth and tenderness
R is for Reliable, a buddy you can count on
L is for Leader, where you go others will follow
I is for Impartial, fair and just
E is for Effervescent, sparkling with life
Where I'm From poems are inspired by George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From". They emphasize creating powerful images in poetry. It's a good form of poetry because one can reflect upon memories of sights, smells, tastes, sounds and touches from their childhood. Click here to see a "Where I'm From" video.
Where I'm From
I am from Robert and Carrie, Arkansas and Alabama
From “always do your best” and “play to win”
From my brother’s 5 Speed Schwinn bike with a banana seat and ram horn handle bars
I am from the last house on the south side of the street with a gas light on a well manicured front lawn
I am from the Lone Ranger and Spider-Man, Three Stooges and Benny Hill, The Jeffersons and Good Times, Ultra-Man and The Justice League
From bean bags in the basement and hockey in the garage
From homemade biscuits, fish and spaghetti and my grandmother’s homemade apple jelly
I am from the playing football in the street and Cork in the alley off of Abner Place everyday during the summer. That was our Busch Stadium!
I am from backyard barbeques and Wiffle Ball (if you hit it over the house, it was an automatic Grand Slam!)
From riding bikes all day long and playing Hide & Go Seek at dusk
From youth football practice at Penrose Park, track practice at Northwest High School, track meets at Flo Valley College and the Junior Olympics in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
I am from having toll roads at Natural Bridge & Kingshighway and Natural Bridge & Union (to generate money for a bus to travel for summer track meets)
I am from Lexington Elementary School and the Public School Stadium
From the Pie House and the Chop Suey joint on Union Blvd
From Pla-Mor Roller Rink and Normandy Lanes Bowling Alley
I am from fireworks competitions with neighbors on the 4th of July
From sweltering summer heat and humidity
From St. Louis, “Gateway to the West” and Greer Avenue in North St. Louis
From my mother graduating from Homer G. Phillips Nursing School and her sister finishing her PhD at the age of 66
I am from the Midwest
I keep these memories close
Savoring their warmth as I recall each of them
Very fond memories of a special time in my life
I am home
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is a major part of everyday life for most teenagers and adults. Through social media sites, we are able to instantly share our thoughts, feelings, interests, and experiences with anyone in any part of the world. Celebrities and athletes even use social media to share personal experiences with their fan base in turn giving their fans the feeling of being “connected” to them. No matter who is using it (young or old, famous or not), there are some general rules that one should consider following with respect to responsible use of social media platforms. Specifically, here are 6 rules I think teenagers should abide by in order to ensure responsible and safe use social media (some adults could benefit from following these as well).
1. Avoid posting private information - Generally, all that is required to obtain and account is a name, e-mail address, and a password. You can leave some fields blank on your profile, especially phone number and address.
2. Stick to connecting with people that you know - Limit your privacy settings so you only interact with the people you know
3. Pause before posting - Consider what impact your post may have on your reputation, your current friendships, your family’s reputation, a friend’s reputation or your chance of being hired for a desirable job in the future. Keep in mind that once you post something, it cannot be retrieved and deleted.
4. Refrain from being detailed with “location check-ins” - If you post your exact location, it is very easy for anyone with bad intentions to find you or know that you are not home.
5. Do not put 100% faith in privacy settings - Many social media sites are constantly updating privacy improvements. Many users believe that their privacy settings will stay the same after updates. This is not true. As a result, users must reset their settings because default settings are active when the update takes place.
6. The Golden Rule - If you don’t want something to be seen, don’t post it on the Internet.