Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House – May 12, 2009
I observed a teacher the other day giving a lesson on the Federal Reserve and how their policies and procedures affect our economy. There were lots of facts and figures, supply and demand charts, cause and effect analysis… but then, the teacher stopped and shared a video of Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House of Alexander Hamilton.
He pointed out how this poem in a couple of minutes conveyed so much information about the life of Alexander Hamilton…
Next, he had the students create their own poem to convey information about the Federal Reserve. He passed out a worksheet that had the instructions at the top and left room for them to create their poem. The poem had to have a minimum of ten stanzas and had to rhyme. Not only were the students engaged, this was a GREAT way to incorporate critical thinking skills and made learning this material fun and engaging! Give it a try in your class today, it can be incorporated into EVERY subject! Be blessed and have a great week!