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Amanda Gorman is an icon these days. She’s everywhere. Even at the Super Bowl. While I didn’t care much for the game, I do care about poetry and am enthralled by Amanda Gorman.

For writing time Monday morning, I showed this video of her performance. At first we just watched and listened. Then my students and I collected word groups. Amanda not only writes with rhyme and rhythm, she also plays with the inner sounds of words. Here are a few of the groups we collected:

captain
action
impact
need
lead 
exceeding
succeed
expectation
limitation
uplifting
wound
warfare
warrior
share
nonstop
hot spots
laptops
workshops
acting 
courage
compassion
charge
champions
carry
call
captain
neighbors
leaders
educators
healers
schools
tools

Chloe said “Her tongue’s a trampoline.” I grabbed that line as a first line to this poem.

Amanda

Her tongue’s a trampoline!
Words bouncing,
beginning a charge
for compassion,
acting,
not reacting
with a force
for choice. Nonstop
flips and jumps,
swinging above expectations
with a landing,
a bow,
and branding
a voice for now,
an example of how,
Amanda amps the vow–
Wow!

Margaret Simon, draft

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