Mini-Lesson Series on Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb"

Access five standards-driven lessons for grades 6-12

On January 20, 2021, poet Amanda Gorman recited “The Hill We Climb” at the Presidential Inauguration. Her poem ignited a national conversation around the craft of poetry, on learning, and on how our identities influence art. She continued to share the power of poetry and inspired millions with her Super Bowl performance.

Carnegie Learning is excited to help bring Gorman's poetry into classrooms. From remix and allusions to Broadway’s Hamilton to figurative language and metaphor, our five mini-lesson series will engage your students with “The Hill We Climb” through standards-driven instruction and activities.

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What you'll get...

After submitting, you will have free access to five lesson plans that will help you engage and inspire your students not only to appreciate the poetry of others, but also to see the poet within themselves. All lessons are standards-driven and fit easily alongside your core instruction. Our goal is to help you foster:


Civic Engagement through Art

Students will have the opportunity to use poetry to engage in the issues that matter to them, to the events that define their communities, and to the change they hope to see in the world.


Engagement through a Standards Lens

Standards are woven into the entire lesson, so teachers can effectively address complex and challenging RL standards in a structured and meaningful way.


Collaborative inquiry and meaning-making

We celebrate both student-centered personal response to text and focused, purposeful textual analysis.