Novels

Witness by Karen Hesse

Historical links



Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

*You will be spending the class period looking through the following sites. Take a look at sites from each category, and make sure that you check out a minimum of five different sites. You are looking for at least 20 facts to record in your Seedfolks packet. Make sure to record facts in context. For example, "walking path" wouldn't work--you haven't written enough information. "There is a walking path from one community garden to the next in south Minneapolis" would work (but don't use that one...it isn't true!)


Seedfolks
Song Assignment

The following songs have different views on making change in the world. After listening to both and reading through the lyrics, which one reflects best how you view change and your responsibility towards it? Write your opinion and why (using both your thoughts and citing quotes from the songs) on the inside page of your Seedfolks packet. Use seven to ten full sentences to express yourself.

Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

Waiting on the World to Change
by John Mayer

Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could

Now we see everything that's going wrong

With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting

Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's hard to beat the system

When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power

To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

That's why we're waiting

Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It's not that we don't care,

We just know that the fight ain't fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

And we're still waiting

Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting

Waiting on the world to change

Man in the Mirror
by Michael Jackson

I'm gonna make a change,
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good,
Shamone (change)
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I, turn up the collar on

My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard, a broken bottle top

And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror

I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love

It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart

And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

I'm starting with the man in the mirror

I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change



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