Similarities & Differences

 

At one time, rap music used to not even be considered music.

This was a focus on differences.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda connected Alexander Hamilton to Hip-Hop artists and created the Broadway Musical, Hamilton.

This was a focus on similarities.

 

By focusing on similarities he made something different, something unique.

 

The Disney film, The Lion King almost wasn’t made because it wasn’t a film about people. It was a film about talking animals.

This was a focus on differences.

 

One of the turning points came when The Lion King was connected to Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet that the story grew wings.

This was a focus on similarities.

 

By focusing on similarities they made something different, something unique.

 

Differences are important. It’s what makes things unique.

But just below that uniqueness is a slew of similarities.

 

Similarities reveal the structure.

Similarities reveal the framework.

Similarities reveal the strategy.

 

By helping your students to notice similarities

it gives them a good shot at making something different, something unique.

 

Trevor (@trevorabryan)