This lesson includes student based activities that directly aligns with the song "What Comes Next" 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 concludes with a creative writing exercise where students take on the Patriot or Loyalist perspective and write back or rap back to King George III! The lesson focuses on U.S. History content standards- covering topics like the American Revolutionary War and the British perspective on the war for Independence.
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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3) Teacher guides the class in annotating historical references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.
A teacher resource for historical annotations: https://genius.com/albums/Original-broadway-cast-of-hamilton/Hamilton-original-broadway-cast-recording