WHAT’S GOING ON? TURNING A CLASSROOM INTO A CRUISE SHIP  
Monday, November 15, 2010 at 08:42AM
Elizabeth Levy

 

Every year I do a writing project with the 5th Graders at The Bronx New School with two of my favorite teachers.  When we begin in the fall, we never know exactly what we’re going to write about, but this year, the theme at the school is taken from the Marvin Gaye song, “What’s Going on!”

The kids were excited about my new book, Danger and Diamonds and I wanted them to write their own stories onboard a cruise ship.  While we were brainstorming, we played the song:

Mother, mother

There's too many of you crying

Brother, brother, brother

There's far too many of you dying

You know we've got to find a way

To bring some lovin' here today – Ya

What’s going on….what’s going on…..

We decided that the sound of that song could turn the classroom into a cruise ship. Stay tuned while we levitate over the Bronx. Each of the students is going to study the country where their family was from --- they are going to sing “What’s Going on” to their parents, and write me a few lines. They tuned as we begin our ports of call, and let me know what stories you think could write if your school turned into a cruise ship.

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