Escape The Room Where it Happens: Hamilton Escape Room (Breakout EDU)

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Can you rewind time and save Alexander Hamilton from his fateful Weekhawken duel? Do not throw away your shot! Drive student engagement through the roof with this comprehensive Escape Room simulation in a race against the clock as students use knowledge of the plot, characters, poetic techniques, and events of Broadway's hip hop juggernaut, Hamilton: An American Musical.

This Escape Room is designed to test your students’ knowledge of Hamilton in a high-energy end-of-unit collaborative activity, where student groups will race against the clock to save Alexander Hamilton from falling victim to the world's most infamous duel.

There are five different puzzles in this game, all of which can only be unlocked by correctly solving a total of 66 themed clues testing the following concepts:
• UV Flashlight Scavenger Hunt - Close Reading (6 clues)
• Hip Hop Poetry Takes Shape - Poetic Technique (16 clues w/ cipher)
• Founding Fathers Lyric Scramble - Quote Identification (12 clues)
• Trying to Start America's Bank - Close Reading / Plot (24 clues).
• Timeline Puzzle - Chronology / Symbolism (8 clues w/ cipher)

Consider using this as a “play-in” puzzle that student teams must solve in order to gain access to all other game puzzles.
• Federalist Papers - Brain Teaser (themed sorting puzzle)

Please note: this escape room scenario is designed to be compatible with the kit provided by Breakout EDU. Great people, FANTASTIC product, and I cannot say enough good things about how much I love their creativity, innovation, and student-centered classroom approach.

*(Note: Not ready for a full-class Escape Room? No problem. Teachers can use these same interactive puzzles as stand-alone activities to be completed in small groups across multiple days of the unit!)

+Step-by-step teacher walk-through of the solutions to all game puzzles. (Included as speaker notes on each page of the Google Slides)

+ Fully customizable Google Slides download contains plug-and-play Escape Room scenario and review game that can be put in place TODAY if your classes have finished reading Hamilton or listening to its infectious soundtrack

(Note: As the puzzles contained in this Escape Room are designed to correspond with the Hamilton soundtrack, students will need access to the Hamilton soundtrack OR a printed copy of the libretto -- both freely available online -- in order to complete this activity).

If you already own a Breakout EDU kit, this scenario can be implemented immediately. Don't own a Breakout EDU kit? Don't worry! The download walks you through how to create your own escape room *for free* simply by printing the puzzles and replacing the keyed locks with puzzle-specific passwords (or Google Forms).

High energy, visually stunning, and fully immersive -- this is a class escape room done right. Driven by student collaboration, competition, and communication skills: it's unit-ending activity that your classes will NEVER forget.

Can you Escape The Room Where it Happens? It's time to take a shot!

- John

Want more Escape Rooms?

Comprehensive End-of-Unit Escape Rooms designed for Breakout EDU:
Escape Room: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Escape Room: Death of a Salesman
Escape Room: Emerson, Thoreau and American Romanticism
Escape Room: Hamilton
Escape Room: Poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
Escape Room: To Kill a Mockingbird

Shakespeare Escape Rooms designed for Breakout EDU:
Hamlet's Mouse-Trap
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock's Revenge
Romeo & Juliet

Or try a game-changing REVERSE Escape Room to break IN to a new unit (no Breakout EDU kit needed):
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Total Pages
32 Google Slides
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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