What’s Your Name: It’s Hamilton…Here to Connect Broadway to Literature

Contact Person:  Nicole Baker

Dates / Times: 5/517 8:30-9:00

Location: RMS 1.401

Target Audience: 7-12 ELA or History

Minimum Number of Participants: 1

Maximum Number of Participants: 15

Description: When studying our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton is often overlooked. Lin-Manuel’s Hamilton has not only become a Broadway hit, but a cultural phenomenon. Incorporating hip-hop music and books about an orphaned immigrant who used the written word to help build a nation will not only engage my students, but inspire them as well.

By using the books and collection of Hamilton’s writings as well as the hit music from Hamilton, my students will be able to evaluate the roles of both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr as well as the significant contributions and sacrifices Hamilton made in building this nation. This lesson will be the beginning of the culminating project in which students will collaborate to create song to be added to the Broadway show. They will record the song via GarageBand and create a video (including needed props and costumes). They can use the video software of their choosing.

Required Materials / Technology:

Hamilton Writings; Student devices; access to recording studio (in MakerSpace); needed software/apps

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