This is a primary source that excerpts the song lyrics "Guns and Ships" from the musical Hamilton. This lesson is set up to be a shared read, read aloud, or close read. Included in the lesson is a detailed teacher instruction page and the student page.
This is a good way to incorporate the analysis of primary sources into you social studies classroom. You can play the song for students before or after they have analyzed the lyrics. I have used this by also incorporating the website genius.com to help students understand the nuance of the lyrics. Lin Manuel Miranda's lyrics are dense and have lots of layers to them. I would encourage teachers to also use the genius.com website to further explore all the references that he packs in to a short song.
This resource can be used in a larger unit about the Revolutionary War or about Hamilton himself. This song also highlights to role of the Marquis de Lafayette, so it can be used to further explain his role (or that of the French) in the American Revolution.
This can easily be incorporated into interactive notebooks.
This lesson will take anywhere between 45-90 minutes depending on the level of your students.