Alexander Hamilton: Find Out More From Primary Sources with NF Author Carla Killough McClafferty

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Do your students groan with boredom when they hear the words “primary sources”?  They won’t in this session. Hamilton, the musical, is a global phenomenon.  So, we don’t want to throw away our shot to use this interest in one of America’s founding fathers as a springboard to learn how to conduct online primary source research.  

In this interactive session, author / researcher Carla Killough McClafferty will take the topic of Alexander Hamilton and use him to lead students to find powerful online primary source documents.  Along the way we will discover powerful details about Hamilton, his family, and the duel that took his life.   This program ties together history, primary source research, and critical thinking skills. The research skills learned in this session can be used to research any topic.   

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By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00

Billing will come from INK Think Tank. Payment should be made to INK Think Tank and will be due within five business days following the event.


1 hour for grades 4 through 12 preferred, but will fit it to your schedule if necessary.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Gifted & Talented, Literacy, Reading, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No fee for programs cancelled due to nature such as snow days.
A $100.00 charge will be assessed if the event is canceled with less than 48 hours notice.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. This interactive program will start with a discussion on what constitutes primary and secondary sources.
2. Discuss the necessity of using primary sources when conducting research.
3. We will discuss how to develop an idea for a research paper.
4. We will discuss how to judge what material is trustworthy to use.
4. We will use Alexander Hamilton as the main topic.
5. We will discuss how to decide what information you need.
6. We will discuss where to look for pertinent online primary source documents. I will share shortcuts to research I’ve learned throughout my career.


1. The participant will learn how to conduct primary source research online.
2. The participant will learn about Alexander Hamilton.
3. The participants will learn critical thinking skills which will aide them as they research any topic.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

English/ Reading for Perspective, English/ Reading for Understanding, English/ Applying Knowledge, English/ Evaluating Data, English/ Developing Research Skills, English/ Multicultural Understanding, English/ Applying Language Skills, Civics/ Other Nations and World Affairs, Civics/ Roles of the Citizen.