Who was Hamilton? A Lesson on The Early USA and Broadway's newest Hip-Hop Musical

Who was Hamilton? A Lesson on The Early USA and Broadway's newest Hip-Hop Musical


"Hamilton" is currently running on Broadway to major critical and financial acclaim. The goal of this tutorial and lesson plan is using the hip-hop musical as a new way for students to access content relating to the Revolutionary War as well as understanding how themes of the American Revolution are still relevant and popular in today's culture and society. 

Goals: Students will listen to sections of "Hamilton," view the powerpoint covering Hamilton's life and introducing discussion questions.

Students will complete worksheet about the election of 1800 and worksheet about Hamilton's opinions, participation and contribution on the election and the early American era as a whole.  

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"Cabinet Battle #1"

Alexander Hamilton | Students of History

Powerpoint on the life and times of A. Hamilton

"Right Hand Man"

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Source: Lin Manuel Miranda

"Right Hand Man"

Song from "Hamilton" featuring the characters of George Washington, Aaron Burr and Hamilton discussing the challenges facing the Patriot army.

Source: Lin Manuel Miranda

"Alexander Hamilton" Lyrics

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Alexander Hamilton

Opening number from the Broadway musical "Hamilton", about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.

Source: Written by: Lin Manuel Miranda