Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rejecting the Single Story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delightfully entertains listeners in one of my favorite TED talks, ​"The Danger of a Single Story". In it this is what she says: “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”​ And that, of course, is what is dangerous. This collection of poems is a delicious rejection of the single story. Highschool students, many of whom have recently entered the United States, and for whom the English language is not their first, give you a glimpse of their thoughts. I think you'll enjoy them. Please scroll down below the map.


  1. So awesome to see the confidence and desire to become more and to learn more despite the vulnerability. Loved the "dreaming as I am drawing" and the bold "triumphant" goals. We all need the encouragement to excel and thrive and take the chances. Overcoming obstacles is tough; these poems allow the expression and sharing that are important. I really enjoyed these "I AM POEM"s. Thank you.

  2. @Care, thank you so much for visiting our blog and commenting. The dreaming as I am drawing provides such a rich visual for me, too...Thank you for your encouraging words for our students.