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The Discussion Guide to the Inaugural Poem: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb," featured at the 2021 inauguration of President Joseph Biden, is the focus of a six-page guide. The guide includes before reading, during reading, and after reading questions and activities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • While there are several videos of Gorman presenting her poem, the video of her reading at the Inauguration is most appropriate for this lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Internet access and projection equipment are required to view the video of Gorman's reading of her poem
  • Copies of the poem, one per group, are also required for members to annotate
  • Includes ads for books by Gorman
Pros
  • Provides a list of other texts alluded to in the poem
  • Offers suggestions for ways to extend the lesson
Cons
  • None