Hamilton Lesson-Planning in Middle School - Beth Mainord

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Anthony DeRosa, MI, @avd111

Stacy Holloman @stacyholloman

Megan Jorgensen, NE, @miss_jorgensen

  • School Library Journal article:
  • They are releasing a clean version at the end of this month.
  • Nerdy Book Club Hamilton Article
  • Podcast-Hercules Mulligan Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Podcast - Pop Culture Happy Hour: Hamilton
  • Text to text connection-Lin Manuel Miranda’s original performance at the White House to what it is now.
  • Resources:


  • Mind Shift article
  • http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/14/how-teachers-are-using-hamilton-the-musical-in-the-classroom/

  • Books for Kids who Love Hamilton


  • Website with great overview and lots of video clips
  • http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2016/02/15/the-best-teachinglearning-resources-on-the-musical-hamilton/

Primary Sources analysis (letters, historical documents)

Text-to-text connections; sharing picture book biographies

Creating own works - rap battles, #eduham, creating own historical “inspired by” creative work

Power mentor text and role model

Consider who is missing from the story; whose voices are heard? Shared?

Tell the story from the perspective of someone who is normally “missing” from the story.

Can lead to the discussion of today’s issues as well--social justice, equality, diversity, immigration

Election of 1800 with the election.

How politicians compromise can be a great topic to bring up, too.

Analyze lyrics for close reading

Connecting history to where we are today.

Kids need to see our passion & what is important to us

Get beyond the book

Examine how language is used within text in conversation

Need to provide context for the history we teach; what is the story?

Pay attention to transitions between songs (motifs; samples)

Perspective Taking - what would learn from textbook versus musical?