• Week of 3/23: All work is due by Friday, March 27. I will begin grading on Saturday, March 28.

    Hi, everyone! The plan is to finish up listening to the music from Act II of Hamilton: An American Musical this week. Songs to listen to each day are posted below. Discussion questions are in the doc posted below, but the discussions will take place on the Yammer app of Office 365. Most of our class joined Yammer last year, but a few have not. Please do that ASAP. Instructions for joining Yammer are in an email to you, as well as posted below.

    Act II discussion questions

    Instructions for joining Yammer

    Monday

    1. Listen to the following songs. You will need to join in discussion on Yammer each day, so you may want to preview the discussion questions (posted above and in Yammer) before you listen. The song links will take you to videos with the lyrics and characters' names. These songs take place as Hamilton serves as Washington's Secretary of the Treasury.

    Schuyler Defeated

    Cabinet Battle #2

    Washington on Your Side

    Once Last Time

    2. Post responses to the discussion questions on Yammer. I have begun a discussion thread for each question. You should post a response to 2 of the 3 discussion threads. In addition, comment on at least 2 other students' responses per DAY (not per question). I know everyone will be posting at different times, so you will need to return to previous days' discussions to follow up. Returning will give you the opportunity to see what others have said in response to the discussion question. Before your first post, please read the discussion guidelines in the doc below.

    10 Discussion Commandments

    Tuesday

    1. Listen to the following songs. You will need to join in discussion on Yammer each day, so you may want to preview the discussion questions (posted above and in Yammer) before you listen. The song links will take you to videos with the lyrics and characters' names. These songs follow Hamilton's life once Washington has resigned.

    I Know Him

    The Adams Administration (This version of the song includes a chunk cut from the current stage performance. You'll know the part that is inserted. I chose this because it is a cleaner version. It doesn't have lyrics, but I couldn't win both battles here.)

    We Know (Same deal here. No printed lyrics, but clean vocalized lyrics.)

    Hurricane

    The Reynolds Pamphlet

    2. Post responses to the discussion questions on Yammer. I have begun a discussion thread for each question. You should post a response to 2 of the 3 discussion threads. In addition, comment on at least 2 other students' responses per DAY (not per question). I know everyone will be posting at different times, so you will need to return to previous days' discussions to follow up. Returning will give you the opportunity to see what others have said in response to the discussion question.

    Wednesday

    1. Listen to the following songs. You will need to join in discussion on Yammer each day, so you may want to preview the discussion questions (posted above and in Yammer) before you listen. The song links will take you to videos with the lyrics and characters' names. These songs take us back into Hamilton's personal life.

    Burn

    Blow Us All Away

    Stay Alive

    It's Quiet Uptown

     2.Post responses to the discussion questions on Yammer. I have begun a discussion thread for each question. You should post a response to 2 of the 3 discussion threads. In addition, comment on at least 2 other students' responses per DAY (not per question). I know everyone will be posting at different times, so you will need to return to previous days' discussions to follow up. Returning will give you the opportunity to see what others have said in response to the discussion question.

    Thursday

    1. Listen to the following songs. You will need to join in discussion on Yammer each day, so you may want to preview the discussion questions (posted above and in Yammer) before you listen. The song links will take you to videos with the lyrics and characters' names. These songs take us through the political events that lead to the duel between Hamilton and Burr.

    The Election of 1800

    Your Obedient Servant

    Best of Wives and Best of Women

    The World Was Wide Enough

    Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

    2. Post responses to the discussion questions on Yammer. I have begun a discussion thread for each question. You should post a response to 2 of the 3 discussion threads. In addition, comment on at least 2 other students' responses per DAY (not per question). I know everyone will be posting at different times, so you will need to return to previous days' discussions to follow up. Returning will give you the opportunity to see what others have said in response to the discussion question.

    Friday

    1. Today is a catch up day. Check to make sure you have completed 2 responses and 2 comments on peers' responses each day. 10 points a day x 4 days = 40 points

    2. Listen to your favorite songs again.

    3. Start considering the topic of your position paper. We will all begin with the same prompt, but everyone will choose a topic and then narrow that topic into a clear position. We will work on this in the coming weeks, but it would be helpful to consider what direction you will go.

    Your prompt: Does Hamilton: An American Musical reinforce or challenge the status quo? The show has been labeled revolutionary from the get go. Do you agree?

    Possible topics: history, war, immigration, race, women, music, musical theater, politics, story-telling