EduHam: Lin-Manuel Miranda offers his online ‘Hamilton’ student program for free
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EduHam at Home, a companion educational piece by ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is now available for free through August.
Originally designed for Title 1 schools to help support history education, EduHam at Home also promotes creativity, critical thinking, research and walks students through using primary source material – just as Miranda did when he created the massively successful ‘Hamilton.’
Through the program, students research historical figures from American history, and then write songs, poems, dramatic passages or hip-hop numbers based on the information they’ve learned. Cast members choose the 10 best to share weekly. The Hamilton team will then choose one to Tweet out to the world.
The digital curriculum (download it here) has been in development for some time, but the launch date was moved up due to the coronavirus – and the resulting need for educational material.
From the site: “It is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam), which has served more than 200,000 students across the country since 2016. Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical “Hamilton,” and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.
Here’s what you can expect in the download:
- A personal welcome video from Lin-Manuel Miranda greeting participants, as well as tips and guidance from EduHam teachers to help students create their own work
- Video highlights from past student performances for examples of what to try at home
- A wealth of free materials for participants and their families to explore and enjoy, including
- Videos clips from “Hamilton” and interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, selected cast members, and Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton inspired the musical
- A wide selection of primary sources centered on a diverse group of 45 People, 14 Events, and 24 Key Documents
Miranda told the Washington Post:
“As a parent, I’ve been so grateful for the curriculum that has popped up online,” the actor-composer said, adding that he’s been a de facto “kindergarten teacher” for his own children: Sebastian, 5 and Francisco, 2.
So, as Lin himself says, “Have fun, dive deep, take your shot.”
In the meantime, here’s a little inspiration.