Answer Key: Amanda Gorman

Lesson Plan: Amanda Gorman and ‘The Hill We Climb’

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. upstaged |ˌəpˈstāj| verb [with object] divert attention from (someone) toward oneself; outshine: they were totally upstaged by their costar in the film.
  2. laureate |ˈlôrēət| noun a person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement: a Nobel laureate.• short for poet laureate.
  3. inspiration |ˌinspəˈrāSH(ə)n|  noun 1 the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: Charletta had one of her flashes of inspiration. a person or thing that inspires: he is an inspiration to everyone.
  4. curricula |kəˈrikyələm| noun (plural curricula |-lə| or curriculums) the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.
  5. frivolous  |ˈfrivələs| adjective not having any serious purpose or value: rules to stop frivolous lawsuits. • (of a person) carefree and not
  6. afterthought |ˈaftərˌTHôt| noun an item or thing that is thought of or added later: as an afterthought she said “Thank you.”
  7. stanza  |ˈstanzə|noun a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.
  8. bolster  |ˈbōlstər| noun verb [with object] support or strengthen; prop up: the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence | he wished to bolster up his theories with hard data.
  9. cadence  |ˈkādns| noun a fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence.  rhythm: the thumping cadence of the engines
  10. foster  |ˈfôstərˈfästər| verb [with object]1 encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good): the teacher’s task is to foster learning.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1- His

President Joe Biden finally took his oath of office during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.

II – 2-Too

For too long, poetry has been treated as impractical.

III -2-A

To help him overcome a stutter, Biden recited the poems of William Butler Yeats.


Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

Poetry has its real-world uses, too. Sidney Harman, the founder of the audio-technology company Harman Kardon, once famously said: “Get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers.” (Harman endowed a writer-in-residence program at Baruch College; I’m on the program’s selection committee.)