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Amanda Gorman


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 29 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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  • This video features Amanda Gorman, a Climate Reality Leader, performing her beautiful "Earthrise" poem with images and music.
Teaching Tips


  • This poem is beautiful and inspiring.
  • It provides a positive message, while also recognizing the importance of taking action now.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. She performed "The Hill We Climb" for President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021.
  • You can learn more about Amanda Gorman at theamandagorman.com.


  • This poem could be used in language arts classes as inspiration for students to write about something they care deeply about.
  • This video evokes emotions and feelings that students may want to express. Have students write in a journal, discuss with a partner, or make a reflection art piece about how the poem makes them feel and/or what they think can be done to address climate change.
  • Other similar resources to consider for an extension include this PBS Be Smart video which discusses the details about the extinction crisis that is also occurring and this video of Greta Thunberg.
Scientist Notes
The video demonstrates the impact of climate change on the planet. The idea will motivate students including young people to rise up, take steps to addressing climate change impacts and care for the planet. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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