I’m convinced more and more all the time that we really don’t know what we think until we write it down. It also helps to have to share what you’ve written with somebody else – maybe say it aloud to them – to see if it makes sense to somebody else, too. So, in this assignment you’ll analyze how two other people expressed their vision of themselves, one through a poem and the other through a short story.

Here is some additional information about the two authors of these pieces, George Ella Lyon and Sandra Cisneros.

  • George Ella Lyon (read the poem and listen to her read it, too)
    • Here's the audio file directly, too: 
  • Sandra Cisneros (info about her and her current activities)
    • Here's an excerpt from the "My Name" piece from "House on Mango Street"