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Alexander Hamilton - The Man Who Made Modern America

Alexander Hamilton in the Classroom**


**School Group Tours and Interpretation - Teachers whose classes visit the exhibit receive a free teaching kit - (while supplies last). The kit includes a series of twenty four posters outlining Hamilton’s life and contributions and Richard Brookhisers’s book “Alexander Hamilton, American” It also includes a DVD of Ric Burns documentary film on Hamilton and a DVD of the play “Alexander Hamilton In Worlds Unknown” School groups interested in visiting the exhibit should contact Susan Motin smotin@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-4996.

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Books for young readers

Catrow, David. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Dial, 2002. Ages 5 to 10.

Collier, James Lincoln. The Alexander Hamilton You Never Knew (You Never Knew Series).

Children’s Press, 2003. Ages 9 to 11.

Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Founders: The 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution. Walker & Co., 2005. Ages 10 +

Fritz, Jean. Shhh We’re Writing the Constitution. Penguin Putnam, 1998. Ages 7 to 11 (Grades 2 to 5).

Gregory, Kristina. Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow, The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart. Scholastic, 2003. Ages 12 + (Grades 5 to 8).

Kallen, Stuart A. Alexander Hamilton. ABDO, 2001. Ages 9 to 12.

Kent, Zachary. Alexander Hamilton: Creating a Nation. Enslow, 2004. Young adult (Grades 5 to 9)

Levy, Elizabeth. If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution. Scholastic, 1992. (Grades 2 to 5)

Maestro, Betsy. More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution. William Morrow, 1991. Grades 2 to 4

McLeese, Don. Alexander Hamilton (Heroes of the American Revolution). Rourke, 2004. Ages 8 to 10.

Meisner, James, Jr. and Amy Ruth. American Revolutionaries and Founders of the Nation. Enslow, 1999. Young adult (Grades 6 to 8)

Quackenbush, Robert. Daughter of Liberty: A True Story of the American Revolution. Hyperion, 1998. Ages 7 to 10

Rosenberg, Pam. Alexander Hamilton. Child’s World, 2004. Ages 7 to 11.

Rosenburg, John M. Alexander Hamilton: America's Bold Lion. Lerner, 2000. Young adult (Grades 5 to 9)

Whitelaw, Nancy. A More Perfect Union: The Story of Alexander Hamilton. Reynolds/Morgan Inc., 2002. Young adult (Grades 5 to 8)

Web sites for teachers/students

http://www.alexanderhamiltonexhibition.org/about/teachers.html There are curriculum materials for high school and elementary school teachers at the N-YHS Hamilton web site. Please go to this page of the web site to access high school and elementary school teacher’s editions of curriculum materials, as well as essays about Hamilton.

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/index.html The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History web site contains teaching modules on major periods in American history, including “The Constitution” and “The New Nation,” which feature Hamilton prominently.

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/convention Wonderful web site about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 with information about the delegates, interactive map and interactive signing portrait.

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=233 “The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union?”

Grades 3 to 5: Helps students to explain the purposes of the U.S. Constitution as identified in the Preamble to the Constitution and identify fundamental values and principles as they are expressed in the Preamble.

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=401 “The Constitutional Convention: Four Founding Fathers You May Never Have Met”

Grades 6 to 8: Introduces students to four key, but relatively unknown, contributors to the U.S. Constitution-Oliver Ellsworth, Alexander Hamilton, William Paterson, and Edmund Randolph. Learn how the Founders created "a model of cooperative statesmanship...”

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=402 “The Constitutional Convention: What the Founding Fathers Said”

Grades 6 to 8: What were some of the conflicts debated in the meetings and discussions that led to the creation of the Constitution of the United States? What interests and passions drove those conflicts? Students will learn how the Founders debated, then resolved, their differences.

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=425 “The Federalist Debates: Balancing Power Between State and Federal Governments”

Grades 6 to 8: This series of activities introduces students to one of the most hotly debated issues during the formation of the American government -how much power the federal government should have - or alternatively, how much liberty states and citizens should have.

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=557 “The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions”

Grades 9 to 12: Students learn to cite critical factors leading to the development of the Federalist (Hamilton) and Democratic-Republican (Jefferson) parties, and summarize the key positions of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans and the reasoning behind those positions.

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