“If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?” (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton) This lesson starts with the song, “Aaron Burr, Sir.” This is the point in the musical where the character Alexander Hamilton meets his lifelong rival and nemesis. Next, students will discuss social networking. Miranda believes that Hamilton would have been terrible on Twitter. A discussion of political correctness, pros and cons comes next with linked resources for your students to read and annotate. After a listen to “Wait for It,’ another song that compares Hamilton to Burr, as well as “Dear Theodosia” and “Non-Stop,” students will flesh out these two historical figures. Students will create a Venn Diagram to reflect their learning. Next, students will experience four excerpts from the Federalist Papers, authored by Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison. Students will complete a SOAPSTone graphic organizer to process the importance of these primary historical documents. Finally, students will engage in a Twitter chat using appropriate classroom chat resources. A link to 27 resources and an overview of five collaborative APPs and web based resources are included. A low tech option using sticky notes is included. The materials are provided in a zip file which includes MS Word EDITABLE Docs and PDFs.
Key words: Rationalists, Age of Enlightenment, Founding Fathers, engagement, social networking, Federalist Papers, Political Correctness