Hamilton Stage to Classroom: Alexander Hamilton

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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Learning Objective

After studying the life of Alexander Hamilton and the opening song to the Broadway musical, "Hamilton," students will write a biographical resume for Alexander Hamilton, which can be completed in paragraphs or an attached resume template.


"Alexander Hamilton"- You know you have been "waiting in the wings" to use this catchy, startlingly original music and historically accurate cultural phenomenon in your classroom. Now you can!

Lesson 1 includes an introduction to a longer unit available as a bundle.

Focusing on lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda's opening number, "Alexander Hamilton," the lesson includes a deep study of the performance and the song. Many resource links, including Manuel's hip hop references and interviews about his writing process, are provided. Students will complete a rhetorical and discourse analysis of the lyrics.

Students will then review the themes for the song as well as the musical. Included in the materials is a link to a CBS Sunday Morning video clip on Hamilton, the musical. A viewing guide with a complete key will aid students in understanding Hamilton as an iconic telling of American’s story then by Americans now.

This EDITABLE lesson also includes a culminating narrative writing assessment, a biographical resume for Alexander Hamilton, which can be completed in paragraphs or a resume template. Two rubrics are provided for grading.

Total Pages
27 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.


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