Using “Hamilton” to teach poetry elements

So, I found an amazing article from the Wall Street Journal that uses an algorithm to visually show the rhyme patterns in “Hamilton” as well as other famous rap and R and B music. It is seriously amazing. It teaches rhyme, perfect rhyme, imperfect rhyme, internal rhyme, assonance, and consonance with more. It is so amazingly cool just for the visual aspect as well as the source material it uses.

So, I used DocentEDU to turn it into a lesson to teach the basics of poetry to students in a super engaging way.

Make a copy of the lesson from this link here and tell me how it engages your students! I know I’ll be using this lesson as an intro to poetry elements to my students next year for sure!

Hamilton article


Author: karinhogen

I teach middle school language arts and run an Edtech company, DocentEDU, on the side. Every day is an adventure in my classroom with technology!

4 thoughts on “Using “Hamilton” to teach poetry elements”

  1. Every time I try to open your link, docentEDU stops working. Is there ano there format where I can view your Hamilton poetry lesson plan?


  2. Hello, Karin. Thank you for sharing this lesson – the visual element is exciting! The video at the top of your lesson is no longer available – which song had you chosen to begin the lesson?


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