Like those across the nation who watched the inauguration of President Biden, we at the Core Knowledge Foundation were deeply affected by Amanda Gorman’s recitation of the poem she wrote for the occasion, “The Hill We Climb.”

We are moved to share the following teaching ideas and resources with Core Knowledge teachers, particularly those who work with students in Grades 6 -8:

Recitation of “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Facing History and Ourselves: Teaching Ideas for The Hill We Climb

A copy of the book that includes the poem,  “The Hill We Climb,” is scheduled for publication in September, 2021 and can be pre-ordered now

One comment on “Reflecting on Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb””

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    Alicia Garcia on May 30, 2021

    Poetry should have meaning and depth. It should express life in a colorful way. Introducing poetry to third-graders before they have been able to truly live life is not always easy. This activity will be tailored for a younger audience because it shows how students can study metaphors, similes, and many other types of figurative language. While in third grade, we are only learning the beginning of how poems are written and how they create a picture in your mind.
    To have third graders understand the complexity of a poem, students need to understand how they can relate to the narrators and characters in the poem. They can use this poem to make connections and see there is so much more beyond the classroom and daily life.

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