In the Heights: Study Guide

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Before Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda gained fame with In the Heights. A study guide prepares theater goers for a performance of the musical about a group of friends living in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights. Resources include an anticipation guide and an overview of the plot, characters, and authors of the play.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Listen to select songs from the soundtrack of the musical and have listeners guess what the play will be about based on the lyrics
  • Stage a performance of a scene in the musical
Classroom Considerations

  • Lyrics contain curse words and reference to mature subjects, so content is rated PG-13
Pros

  • Connects the events of the play to global themes
  • Provides questions to spark discussion after viewing the play
Cons

  • Anticipates learners will see an actual performance of the play 
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