Can you believe that January is almost over?! This month has flown by!

As we prepare for February also known as Black History Month, I’m mindful of the Black history of generations past and the Black history we are watching unfold in this current generation.

One of the highlights for me from last week’s historic inauguration of Kamala Harris as the first Black woman elected Vice President of the United States was my introduction to the amazing Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, and hearing her recite her inspiring poem “The Hill We Climb”.

Below is a video of Amanda reciting the poem at the inauguration and 4 lesson plans for ideas on how to teach our child(ren) about this history-making young woman and her poetry.

Click here for a printable pdf transcript of “The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman


In this lesson, students examine the poetry of Amanda Gorman, who was chosen to read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. Gorman’s poem will complement Biden’s message and themes of “unity.”

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” written for the 2021 inauguration, presents a great opportunity for educators and students to discuss the ways creative expression can help us think about the meaning of democracy.

In this lesson, students learn about the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and consider her work as part of a tradition of occasional poetry. 

Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Day poem, “The Hill We Climb,” is a powerful call to action focusing on themes of hope, unity, healing, and resilience. In this Teaching Idea, students reflect on these themes and consider how their own unique experiences and voices can help America “forge a union with purpose.”  

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