Government & Citizenship: How Democracy Came to the Beehive
  • Government & Citizenship: How Democracy Came to the Beehive
  • Government & Citizenship: How Democracy Came to the Beehive
  • Government & Citizenship: How Democracy Came to the Beehive
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    • 25-minute musical play for grades 1-5
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    Kids on a cross-town train wish they were going on a worldwide adventure, but they soon discover that they can "travel the world" just by learning more about the roots of their fellow passengers! We Come From Everywhere celebrates the diverse origins of people in the United States, from Native Americans to immigrants from all over the globe. Students learn that we come from a variety of places and cultures, exploring some of the historical reasons that specific groups migrated to this country, while they develop an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of immigration.

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    We Come From Everywhere is a fun way to celebrate the diversity of our country and help students investigate and feel pride in their own family backgrounds. It is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school family history and immigration. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!


    Publication Information

    Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-21-9
    © 2001 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples

    Full Song List

    1. “We Come From Everywhere”
    2. “Interlude music”
    3. “Hello Ellis Island”
    4. “We Are on Our Way"
    5. “Gum San”
    6. “Chesapeake”
    7. “When I Beat My Drum”
    8. “Mail Order Bride”
    9. “We’re the Huddled Masses”
    10. “I Am a Melting Pot”
    11. “How Long?
    12. “We Come From Everywhere” (reprise)


    Casting

    Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
    Use as many members of different families as desired (our list of characters is merely a suggestion). One student can also play more than one role. Note that roles are not gender-specific: with the simple change of a name any part can be played by a girl or a boy.

    Script

    This is the first one-third of the script:

    CHARACTERS:

    Three Students (to introduce the show)

    Four Kids on a train:
    Charles, Maria, Pauline, Freddy

    Passengers on the train, grouped by song:
    George, Patrick, Louisa
    Juan, Isabella
    Melody, Min
    Ian, Surf Dudes
    Richard
    Rachel
    Jesse
    Francesca, Marc
    Peggy, Jim

    and a Chorus made up of all students who are not playing roles at the
    time.

    (Three STUDENTS step forward and face the audience)

    STUDENT #1: Today we’re going to present to you a show about some of the historical reasons that different groups came to the United States.

    STUDENT #2: But just remember that there are lots of other reasons, too!

    STUDENT #3: We can’t share all of them in our play, but it’s important to know that every person is different and every family has its own story.

    OPTIONAL (this can also be done at the end of the play)

    Have a student (or 2, or 20!) come to the front of the stage and share a brief summary of his or her family history, such as:

    "My name is Bobby and my grandparents came to the United States from Belgium because they loved to surf."

      Song 1 - Listen now!

    ENTIRE CLASS:
    From right next door
    From far away
    Both long ago
    And yesterday
    We come from here
    We come from there
    We come from everywhere.

    There’s different skin
    And different hair
    There’re different things
    We eat and wear
    Still we have got
    So much to share
    We come from everywhere.

    Some folks came to keep themselves from starving
    And some heard the voice of freedom call
    Some came for the gold or for the weather
    And some did not ask to come at all.

    From right next door
    From far away
    Both long ago
    And yesterday
    We come from here
    We come from there
    We come from everywhere.
    (ALL snap to attention on the last beat.)

    (STUDENTS sit down as if riding on a train. Some are reading magazines,
    listening to music on headphones, carrying packages, etc. Four
    TRAIN-RIDERS are closest to front of stage.)

    FREDDY: Every school day it’s the same trip. I wish this train were going
    someplace fun instead of just across town to school.

    CHARLES: Yeah. Imagine if the train were going to Africa.

    MARIA: Or Greece.

    PAULINE: Or Hong Kong!

    FREDDY: Or Bakersfield.

    CHARLES: Bakersfield?

    FREDDY: I hear they’ve got great french fries.

    MARIA: Wait a minute. I bet we have most of the world right here in this
    train.

    PAULINE: What do you mean?

    CHARLES: Maria’s right! People in the U.S. come from everywhere.

    MARIA: Come on, let’s find out. We’ll ask people on this train where
    they’re from.

    CHARLES: Great idea!

    FREDDY: I hope somebody here is from Bakersfield—or at least has
    some french fries.

    Song 2

    (music plays while FOUR students move among passengers,
    pantomiming conversations. When the music stops, the students gather
    again next to each other.)

    CHARLES: What did you find out?

    PAULINE: I found somebody whose family came from Vietnam just a
    few years ago.

    MARIA: I found someone from Australia.

    FREDDY: I found some gum under one of the seats—look, it’s hardly
    been chewed!

    OTHERS: Yuck!

    CHARLES: Listen to this.

    (Brings THREE PASSENGERS forward. )
    I found three people who come from completely different places but they
    have something really interesting in common.

    GEORGE: Hi, I’m George. My grandparents came from Greece in 1920.

    PATRICK: My family came over from Ireland 100 years ago.

    LOUISA: We’re originally from a small town in Germany.

    GEORGE: And all of our families entered the United States through Ellis
    Island.

    FREDDY: What’s Ellis Island?

    LOUISA: Ellis Island was the place in New York harbor where immigrants
    arrived by ship from Europe.

    PATRICK: Their papers were inspected, their health was checked, and
    they had to answer questions about coming to the United States.

    LOUISA: I often heard my grandparents speak of their first day in
    America—they were so nervous and excited.

      Song 3 - Listen now!

    LOUISA:
    Hello Ellis Island
    Hello USA
    Gonna make this my land
    Starting from today.

    GEORGE and LOUISA:
    Apple of my eye-land
    I am here to stay
    Hello Ellis Island
    Hello USA.

    GEORGE, LOUISA, PATRICK:
    Hello Ellis Island
    Hello USA
    You’re my place to try-land
    Nothing’s in my way.

    GEORGE, LOUISA, PATRICK, CHORUS:
    Apple of my eye-land
    I am here to stay
    Hello Ellis Island
    Hello USA.

    (THEY return to their seats. STUDENTS speak. JUAN and
    ISABELLA approach.)

    CHARLES: Hey guys, these two people just came from Mexico when
    they were little kids.

    FREDDY: Did they come through Ellis Island?

    MARIA: Of course not. Ellis Island has been closed since 1954.

    PAULINE: Besides, they wouldn’t come by ship. Mexico and the United
    States share a border over 2000 miles long.

    FREDDY: I knew that.

      Song 4 - Listen now!

    JUAN and ISABELLA:
    Our father came to work the fields
    To find a better life
    A place of opportunity
    For two kids and a wife.

    And we were taught to do our best
    And we have surely tried
    Though it's been tough, it's working out
    And we can say with pride:

    We are on our way
    We are on our way
    We are on our way.

    Our father came to work the fields
    To find a better life
    A place of opportunity
    For two kids and a wife.

    Our parents left the life they knew
    And worked hard every day
    They say they'd do it all again
    So they can hear us say:

    We are on our way
    We are on our way
    We are on our way
    We are on our way.

    (THEY return to seats. STUDENTS speak)

    PAULINE: Now that we’re talking about our families, I realize I don’t
    know where mine comes from.

    CHARLES: Haven’t you ever asked your parents?

    PAULINE: Yeah, but I keep getting different answers.

    MARIA: Maybe you should ask them again.

    PAULINE: Yeah. Can I borrow your cell phone?

    FREDDY: Here, you can use mine.
    (hands over phone)

    MARIA (as MELODY and MIN approach): Listen up. I want to hear the
    story of this Chinese family.

    MELODY: My ancestors came here from Canton in 1850 during the
    gold rush.

    MIN: Merchants told us tales about Gum San, the mountain of gold
    in California.

      Song 5 - Listen now!

    MELODY and MIN:
    Every body’s buzzing with excitement
    In our little Kwangtung town
    Seven thousand miles across the ocean
    Mounds of gold have just been found.
    Nuggets even bigger than our chicken
    Gold is lying everywhere
    Got to get to ourselves to California
    ’Cause our fortune’s waiting there.

    At Gum San
    Golden Mountain
    So we’ve been told
    Gum San
    Gotta find that
    Mountain made of gold.

    When I’m rich I’ll sail back to China
    Buy some land and settle down
    Maybe set my family up in business
    In our little Kwangtung town.

    MELODY, MIN, and CHORUS:
    Gum San
    Golden Mountain
    So we’ve been told
    Gum San
    Gotta find that
    Mountain made of gold.

    Hello San Francisco
    With your lovely bay
    Never found my fortune
    Guess I’m here to stay.

    Gonna make this my land
    Starting from today
    Hello San Francisco
    Hello USA.

    (THEY return to their seats)

    (This concludes the first one-third of the script.)


    "We Come From Everywhere is very well written and easy to adapt. The children learned the lines and songs quite quickly. They learned so much about America being a country of many diverse cultures, and why various cultures chose to come to America."

    ---Jill Borwn, Teacher (3rd grade), Mapleton Elementary, Mapleton, ME


    "I like all of your shows! This year we're doing We Come From Everywhere and my children are loving the geography lesson. I do a play each spring and it's a great way to end the year."

    ---Julie Usher, Teacher (1st/2nd grade), Sanborn School, Ossineke, MI


    "It was great! The kids decided what characters they'd like to be after listening to the songs and reading through the script. We heard many wonderful comments, in particular that each child had a 'star' moment."

    ---Cheri Chapman, Teacher (5th grade) Christa McAuliffe School, Saratoga, CA


    "In November my 2nd grade class performed We Come From Everywhere. I love the plays because they provide the children with an alternative opportunity to learn. It's perfect for those students who love to sing and act."

    ---Peggy Coberly, Teacher, (2nd grade) Valley View School, Pleasanton, CA


    "I thoroughly enjoy doing this play with my 3rd grade class. It is the perfect culmination to our Immigration Unit. I see the musical to be the 'gift' my students give to their families before the holidays to thank them for sharing their heritage and family history with them. The songs are all very catchy and every year a new dance move, added costume accessory, or interesting prop is added - all initiated by the students."

    ---Kathi Byington, Teacher (3rd grade), Aspen Elementary, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    History/Social Studies

    Language Arts

    • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
      • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
    • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

    Fine Arts

    • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

    Vocabulary

    Ellis Island
    “apple of my eye”
    Canton
    gold rush
    Gum San
    Jamestown
    Orient
    slave trader
    kola tree
    mail-order bride
    vanity
    hospitality
    steamer
    masses
    yearning
    throb
    melting pot
    Cherokee
    caress
    acrobat
    pantomiming
    Emma Lazarus

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