Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?
One on the big themes of Hamilton is that history isn’t written before it happens. The goal of this unit is to bring to life many of the themes and people of the American Founding period that 9th graders study in History class. The musical Hamilton is a unique opportunity to explore these interdisciplinary themes while also looking at poetic form through rap.
I hope you will use this unit to bring this compelling musical to your students. I have found my kids have been the most engaged during this unit as compared to any other during the year. You should be able to push them to do more rigorous work because the music is so rich, complex, and fun. This unit plan has detailed information on the overall unit and the lesson in the zip file correspond with the numbers of each lesson as listed in the Calendar and Lesson Outline.
As a former History teacher and current English teacher, Hamilton hits all of my favorites parts of both subjects. These lessons explore the interdisciplinary nature of the play, but are mostly from the perspective of an English teacher.
I have included as many resources as was possible within this unit while also respected copyright laws. I have provided links to images, video, and lyrics where I felt it best instead of including the original work.
- 18-Page Unit Plan
- 31 distinct lesson plans with:
- Vocabulary Lessons
- Links to videos and articles
- Supplemental slides
- Primary source lessons
- Over 250 pages of materials!
The slides in this document are in PDF format. There is a video to show you how to import those slides to a PowerPoint or use them directly from the document in full screen on the last page of the unit.