PATERSON, NJ- Thanks to a partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute and a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Rosa Parks High School students were given the opportunity to go see the musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodger Theater in New York City this past January.
Prior to the show, students were guided through a unique class project using the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s resources to introduce students to the people and events of the era. Also part of the project, students had to submit performances pieces, based on their research of Alexander Hamilton and his impact on American history.
“I am excited for the opportunity that the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History extended to Rosa Parks High School,” said Language Arts teacher Dr. Thompson.
“Our students researched and created some great performance pieces. They met and spoke with the cast prior to the performance as well as enjoyed a day in the city,” continued Dr. Thompson.
“It was interesting to teach this segment of American history using this approach,” explained Social Studies teacher Mr. Watts. “The students did an excellent job with their research and projects to make this all happen.”
Editor's Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Rosa Parks High School Spotlight.