Using your voice Is a Political Choice - Amanda Gorman

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman delineates her reasons for claiming that all poetry is political. The video captures the poet's passion and commitment to speaking up and speaking out. It is a must-have resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video during March's Women's History Month, April's Poetry Month, or any study of poetry
  • Follow TEDEd the video with a video of Gorman reading her poem at President Biden's inauguration
  • Have groups identify the poetic devices Gorman uses in the talk 
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, and discussion questions
Pros
  • Gorman's animation and use of poetic devices capture the attention of viewers and underscore the power of poetry
Cons
  • None
Common Core