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Poetry Writing


6th, 7th, 8th


English Language Arts


60 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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“Pale Blue Dot, We Will Fail You Not”: A Poetry Lesson

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Apr 24, 2024
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In this lesson, students will analyze Amanda Gorman's poem "Earthrise" and write their own poetry.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch Amanda Gorman perform her poem “Earthrise.”

Step 2 - Investigate: In groups, students analyze one stanza of “Earthrise.” Students take notes and then share their thinking with the rest of the class.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write their own poem, drawing inspiration from “Earthrise.”

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Teaching Tips


  • Amanda Gorman is a brilliant poet.

  • Students will engage in lively group discussions. This poem is abundant in deep meaning and rhyme.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before class, share the following with your students:

    • Student Slideshow. All students need editing rights, as they will be writing in the same slideshow.
    • Full Text of the Poem "Earthrise." Students will need viewing rights.
    • Student Document. Each student needs their own copy, as they will be writing their own poem on this document.
  • Amanda Gorman is most famous for performing "The Hill We Climb" at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021.
  • Amanda Gorman delivered a TED talk called "Using Your Voice is a Political Choice."


  • You can select students of all abilities to read part of the poem after you have watched the video.

  • The six stanzas selected for group discussion are of various lengths. They range from 6 lines to 19 lines. You can assign weaker students to the shorter stanzas.
  • You can create groups of mixed abilities.
  • Students who like to take notes can be scribes in their groups.
  • Students may be unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary in “Earthrise.”
  • Students should use the two linked dictionaries on the resources slide to find definitions of unfamiliar words.
Scientist Notes

The lesson introduces students to basic literary techniques and how to use poetry skills to communicate climate change and solutions to a diverse audience. There is no science to verify, but the resources, accompanying materials, and links in the lesson are credible and ideal for teaching. This lesson has passed our review.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.TS.6.4 Analyze how a particular piece (e.g., sentence, chapter, scene, stanza, or section) fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas, theme, setting, or plot.
      • RL.MF.6.6 Compare and contrast information or texts to develop a coherent understanding of a theme, topic, or issue when reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text.
      • RL.MF.7.6 Compare and contrast texts (e.g., a written story, drama, or poem) to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia versions and analyze the unique qualities of different mediums, including the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
      • RL.TS.8.4 Compare and contrast the structure of texts, analyzing how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning, tone, and style.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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