Dreaming on Imaginary Stages and Writing Imaginative Scripts: The Magical "If" Fulfilled, in "Hamilton"

bySydney Hunt Coffin

Just as Constantin Stanislavski, founder of “The Method”, claimed that “Not a step should be taken on a stage without the cooperation of the imagination”, we should encourage our own students to locate their imaginations at the center of the work to create historical as well as creative writing. In this unit, high school English and Poetry students are led in an exploration of the play Hamilton and its creative possibilities by teaching deconstructive analysis through close readings, the challenges of American social and political perspectives today, as well as creative writing exercises leading to a stage performance.

(Developed for Poetry, grades 10-12; recommended for English and Social Studies, grades 7-12)

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