Writing our Stories and “Hamilton”

We have been busy these past two weeks in both Hamilton and Writing Our Stories!

Screen Shot 2018-06-28 at 3.13.43 PM.pngOur Hamilton class contains a wonderful group of students whose creativity and passion for the musical never cease to amaze me. I wouldn’t challenge any of these students to a Hamilton singing competition as many know the lyrics inside and out!

Last week, we dug through historical documents, listened to show’s music with attentive ears, and watched portions of a documentary about both the historical Alexander Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of this musical masterpiece. This week, students are taking a cue from Miranda and creating their stories based on a passion of their own.

Screen Shot 2018-06-28 at 3.13.25 PM.pngWriting Our Stories is full of fantastically creative writers and thinkers. In class, students explored new characters, new writing styles, and new sources of inspiration daily. During our time together, students shared their work with small workshop groups and sometimes read their writing to the entire class. Each day, I’m amazed at students’ eyes for imagery, the complex characters they create, and the new worlds they explore with their writing.

We also used Coe’s vast resources to our advantage and took a trip to the art galleries in the library. Pictured below are students drawing inspiration from the art they saw, creating complex characters and narratives based on the tone, detail, or style of a piece of art. I loved hearing the different details and genres students created daily.

For both classes, it is energizing to be in a room full of imaginative, warm, and witty students. It’s been a great two weeks!


Author Bio

Mackenzie Kaspar is in her second year of teaching College for Kids, after attending sessions herself many years ago. A graduate of the University of Iowa for her undergraduate and Master’s degrees, she teaches Language Arts at Kennedy High School and has a passion for reading, writing, musicals, her friends and family, and, of course, her students.


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