On 20 January 2021, Amanda Gorman spoke a message of truth and hope to millions.
Aged twenty-two, she delivered a poetry reading at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Her poem, 'The Hill We Climb', addressed the country and reached across the world: a call for a brave future.
This special edition, which includes an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, marks that poem and offers us courage, consolation and the inspiration to make change.
'I was thrilled' Hillary Clinton
'She spoke truth to power and embodied clear-eyed hope to a weary nation. She revealed us to ourselves' Lin-Manuel Miranda, TIME
'I was profoundly moved... The power of your words blew me away' Michelle Obama, TIME
This resource activity pack gives KS3 students opportunities to engage with poetry, exploring ideas around audience and performance, and building their communication skills. There are activities for reading, speaking and comprehension.
The activities in the resource pack are designed to be used alongside the video of Amanda Gorman reading the poem at the inaugural ceremony and the PDF text version of the poem.
How to use the pack
What is Penguin’s campaign to help diversify English Literature in schools all about, and what is it trying to achieve? As the conversation gets underway, we thought we’d share some key facts – and information on how you can get involved.
As Lit in Colour – our campaign to help students in the UK discover a more diverse range of literature – gets underway, we look at inspiration from across the globe including New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
In the latest essay in our Small Idea, Big Impact series, author Mohsin Zaidi explains how an independent review of the national curriculum, to reflect a more accurate history of our world, will benefit the entire country.