|Amanda Gorman. Image by Shawn Miller, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons|
Yesterday, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman recited her most remarkable poem, “The Hill We Climb,” during the inauguration.
Gorman already has a remarkable list of accomplishments to her credit, which includes being the first National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.
But at the moment, she is best known for her poem recital yesterday.
The Lesson Plans
If you are interested in using that moment as a teachable lesson in your home or school classroom, check out these excellent resources:
- PBS Newshour Extra already has a lesson ready for you to use: Lesson Plan: Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb”
- The New York Times also created this lesson plan complete with discussion questions: Lesson of the Day: Amanda Gorman and ‘The Hill We Climb’
- TeachLivingPoets.com uploaded this one: Amanda Gorman Inauguration Poem Lessons
- And, finally, Teaching Tolerance has published Teach This: “The Hill We Climb” and the 2021 Inauguration
Other lesson plans about Amanda Gorman and her other poems:
Watch Gorman reciting her poem at the inauguration
Mini Lesson on Poetry Analysis
Teach your students how to analyze poetry with this mini lesson on Poetry Analysis. Worksheets are designed for differentiated instruction. Gorman's poetry would be a perfect complement for this activity.
English only. Spanish coming soon.