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A paired text lesson plan that helps students access the themes and tone of important United States documents such as Thomas Paine's The Crisis, Federalist Paper 1, Speech in the Virginia Convention, and Phyllis Wheatly poetry. Each text is paired with a song from the musical Hamilton. Students read their documents, watch a YouTube video of the song, and the analyze the two sources in context with each other. Extend the activity with your own rap battle! Make these historical documents come to life!