Learn Literary Devices with Hamilton!


    “Hamilton is delightful! I’ve written three books on the musical, analyzing color, symbolism and everything else. In fact, the rhymes and language are so complex, I wrote a book teaching literary devices (something I was already doing in SAT classes and college English). Now we can blend our love for Hamilton with learning analysis in a fun combination.” ~ Prof. Valerie



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    Learn Literary Devices with Hamilton at Athena's Homeschool Academy
    InstructorProf. Valerie Frankel
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length12 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnIndependent Learning - Webinar Recordings

    Literary devices start with metaphors and alliteration and quickly get more complex with anastrophe, antiphrasis, and zeugma. We’ll also discover the complexities of rhyme and rhythm—so vital to understanding and analyzing poetry. We’ll throw in rhetoric and rhetorical fallacies—most of which appear in the beloved Cabinet Debates.

    And, of course, we’ll look at themes, motifs, allegory, irony, symbolism, and all the other complexities of Hamilton. The delightful bit is that the Hamilton musical really is this developed, and showcases all these concepts in its lightning-fast prose. (We can also throw in some Encanto, In the Heights, and other Miranda creations).

    Ace these high school literary analysis building blocks!

    Note to Parents: Students/families should be generally familiar with Hamilton and the content before signing up for this course.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Assignments to practice terms
    • Weekly reading from the Hamilton book

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Additional lessons and resources to help students get more out of the lessons and research literary terms

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Recorded, instructor-led videos are approximately 30 minutes long.
    • In-class analysis of Hamilton songs as well as lessons on analysis and literary devices and how to find them in all forms of literature.
    • Students have access to instructor support for content covered in videos through the Athena’s messaging system.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 8th-grade level or above.
    • Type fluently.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Have an interest in the Hamilton musical.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • The English Teacher’s Guide to Hamilton – ISBN 978-1548568832