I fell for Hamilton in the winter of my senior year of college. It was approaching finals week and as an English major, I was spending all my time writing- like I was running out of time. There was no better soundtrack than Hamilton to get me through finals week. My friends were equally obsessed. We had a Hamilton party where we sang the whole musical together and did coloring sheets based on it. Hamilton became the soundtrack to my senior year at Notre Dame and I can’t listen to the musical without thinking about that time in my life and the excitement of discovering such a deep, beautiful, and inspiring musical.
Since my discovery, I’ve been quietly biding my time waiting for a perfect moment to teach this musical to my students. This autumn provided the perfect opportunity. The Hamilton tour came to our city and I got to see others around me falling in love with one of my favorite musicals. I also ended up teaching American Lit this year. I was looking for a way to teach the literature of the American Revolution, while still making it relevant to my very diverse class of students.
Here are a few things different ideas for teaching Hamilton:
There are still a lot of fun ideas I have for teaching Hamilton that I’m looking forward to trying next year. I would love to do more with the Schuyler Sisters. I think that they also have a lot of powerful motifs and character development, which could set up some really interesting papers. The unit was definitely a hit and I’m excited to teach it again in the future.
I'm Megan and I teach high school ELA. I'm all about literature, creativity, and aesthetics!