This lesson includes student based activities that directly align with the song, "Guns and Ships" from the incredibly popular, Hamilton Musical. Student interest is peaked when the power of music is brought into the classroom. Students use the lyrics to participate in close reading, historical analysis and vocabulary building skills. The lesson requests that students answer comprehension questions on key concepts. The lesson focuses on U.S. History content standards- covering topics like the American Revolutionary War, George Washington's military leadership, and the important French alliance.
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When doing close reading of the lyrics these strategies can be effective:
1)Teacher starts by playing the song and students silently read along
2) As a class or in pairs students highlight main ideas, circle and define challenging vocabulary
3) Teacher guides the class in annotating historical references
Lyrics are provided and cited with the lesson materials, but this product DOES NOT include access to the audio of the songs. Teachers may purchase the Hamilton Musical soundtrack or use district technology access online. Read lyrics closely before implementing the lessons, some language may not be appropriate for Elementary grades.
A teacher resource for historical annotations: https://genius.com/albums/Original-broadway-cast-of-hamilton/Hamilton-original-broadway-cast-recording