by Jimmy Santiago Baca 1990

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "I Am Offering This Poem" by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

In "I Am Offering This Poem," a speaker offers the only thing they have: a poem and their love.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Beauty & Happiness, Love, and Power & Greed as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How are we changed by love?", "Does money buy happiness?", and "How can we achieve happiness?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this poem at home:
    • What was "I Am Offering This Poem" about?
    • What did you learn about Beauty & Happiness?
    • What did you learn about Love?
    • What did you learn about Power & Greed?
  • Watch ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ Creator on Island at home with your child.