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The Hill We Climb

Posted on February 01 2021

The Hill We Climb

Dear Educators,

As teachers, we frequently see the sparkle of talent glimmering within our students. It’s such a privilege to be able to nurture and guide our students to discover for themselves the great power that lies within them. As a nation, we saw a young woman shine her talent unabashedly on the national stage of the inauguration. The wisdom, inspiration, and talent Amanda Gorman displayed while reading her poetry was breathtaking.

This week, we have a wealth of content to help you inspire your students with her message. What would their message be? 

Geography News Network

There were so many historic aspects to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It occurred during a pandemic, it was the first time since 1869 that a sitting president has chosen not to attend, and it celebrated the first woman, first African American, and first Asian American to be elected to the position of vice president. It also featured Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks—a concert trio nobody saw coming! 

Despite all of that, the highlight for many was Amanda Gorman. For a young poet to upstage history and Gaga….that’s pretty remarkable!

Find out more about this landmark event and Ms. Gorman herself in this classroom-ready GNN article.

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Amanda Gorman's Life

We often think about maps as just showing physical places captured in one moment of time. But this map shows the journey of Amanda Gorman through the course of her young life. How did she end up on stage at such a historic event? See for yourself, and show your students, with this great map!

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Interactive Lesson

We live in a country where we have a say in how things go. Our ability to use our vote in a system of government that can effect change is intrinsic to the notion of what it means to be American.

This interactive lesson will guide your students through an exploration into our system of government. They will utilize state-of-the-art mapping technology from Esri to analyze the demographic divides as part of their learning. 

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TEACHER VERSION
Choosing Your Own Government

How we allocate votes to the populace has changed dramatically since the birth of our nation. Learn more about this history with this fantastic National Geographic Video.

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Lesson of the Day

As a teacher, it’s extremely exciting to see the nation take so strongly to a young poet. To see a lesson about inaugural poetry and this author in the New York Times…well, that’s quite a thrill!

I hope you feel the same and enjoy these fantastic resources from a national news outlet!

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