On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman inspired the nation with her Inauguration Day poem, “The Hill We Climb.” One year later, her words still resonate and are still ripe for discussion.

Join fellow educators on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. central time to discuss “The Hill We Climb” with the expert guidance of one of our experienced Great Books trainers. They will ask interpretive questions about the poem, such as:

  • Why does Gorman end by saying “For there is always light, / if only we’re brave enough to see it / if only we’re brave enough to be it”?
  • How is seeing the light different from being the light?
  • What does it mean that “the dawn is ours / before we knew it”?
  • What does Gorman believe we must do to “live up to our own time”?

Be sure to watch the video of Gorman reading the poem at least once—and preferably two or more times—before the discussion!

Watch Amanda Gorman read “The Hill We Climb,” then join us for a free Shared Inquiry discussion of the poem.

“The Hill We Climb” Sample Lesson Plans 

As a special bonus, to help you begin powerful conversations in your classrooms, we have put together Shared Inquiry™ lesson plans around this beautiful poem. You can use these lesson plans to help your students:

  • Share what they notice about the text and Gorman’s delivery of it
  • Read closely and analyze specific words, phrases, and literary elements
  • Use evidence to explain their answers
  • Listen and respond civilly to other students’ ideas

Listen to Amanda Gorman’s New Poem, “New Day’s Lyric” 

You and your students might also be interested in Amanda Gorman’s newly published poem “New Day’s Lyric.” Watch her dramatic reading here!

Gorman said in an interview with Vanity Fair that the poem was inspired in part by stories of grief and perseverance in the face of humanitarian crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Look for a special announcement in early February inviting you to discuss “New Day’s Lyric” next month!