This lesson introduces Amanda Gorman’s poem “Earthrise.” Students will analyze this poem, looking at different stanzas and discussing the power of rhyme. In this lesson, students will listen to the poem, analyze the poem, and write their own poem.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch Amanda Gorman perform her poem “Earthrise.”
Step 2 - Investigate: In groups, students analyze one stanza of “Earthrise.” They take notes and then share out their thinking with the rest of the class.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students write their own poem, drawing inspiration from “Earthrise.”
Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teacher asks students if they have heard of Amanda Gorman, the poet who performed “The Hill We Climb” at the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021.
Teacher shares the full text of “Earthrise” with students.
Students write their own poems, drawing inspiration from Amanda Gorman’s “Earthrise.”
Amanda Gorman is a brilliant poet.
Amanda Gorman is most famous for performing "The Hill We Climb" at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021.
You can select students of all abilities to read part of the poem after you have watched the video.