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"The Hill We Climb" by Amanda Gorman - Analysis & Collaborative Gallery

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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6 pages
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People across the nation and the world were incredibly inspired by Gorman's poetry after hearing her recite "The Hill We Climb" at President Biden's Inauguration in January. My students related to many of the messages in her poem. This 2 day lesson allows students to further engage with the words of Gorman by analyzing "The Hill We Climb" and several of her other poems.

Day One of the lesson asks students to dig deep into Gorman's poetry and have meaningful discussions with their classmates about justice, inequality, and power, as well as rhetorical and literary strategies.

Day Two of the lesson asks students to collaborate to create a virtual gallery where they will provide evidence and commentary, synthesize ideas from two sources, and use these skills to support their interpretation of Gorman’s arguments within her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

This lesson was made for virtual learning with options to complete synchronously, asynchronously, and in-person! Everything is completely ready to post or print!


  • Full lesson plan with a thematic PowerPoint, talking points, and printable and virtual versions of the assignments.
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6 pages
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2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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