Amanda Gorman: Lesson for teaching “New Day’s Lyric”

I’m a couple days late on this, but I wanted to create something new. Something fun and creative that I haven’t tried yet with poetry in my classroom because I think this poem deserves it. A new, creative activity for a New Year’s poem.

Photo cred: PaperMag

Use this handout with the text of the poem to give to your students for this lesson.

And everything you need is in this Google Slides presentation! Here’s a sneak preview of some of the Slides:

Here’s what I came up with when I annotated the poem along with my students. Gorman is truly a master at word play and sonics. This poem is so brilliantly subtle that everyone can understand it and meet the poem with their own experiences and backgrounds. And upon a closer look, we can discover the craft — the moves she makes poetically that draw us in and make us feel.

I was blown away at how many different visual interpretations my students had of the poem, and how insightfully they explained their choices! Here are just a few samples of how they saw “New Day’s Lyric”:

Thanks for reading! As always, please share your awesome poetry teaching ideas and student work (with their permission, of course) and tag it #TeachLivingPoets! If you would like to write a guest post for, please DM me @melaltersmith or email me at

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