American Document

Adapted by Gretchen Eichberger
from the Original work by Martha Graham

Presented by Onekama's 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade
Social Studies Students

March 21, 2012

Greeting: Interlocutor: (Katie B.)

Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening.
This is a theater.
The place is here in the United States of America.
The time is now – today.

Greeting Dance – Simple Gifts – 5th  Grade Girl  Dancers

KB: The words of Thomas Paine

(Travis R.) O Yea that love mankind!
Freedom has been hunted around the globe

 Slide Cue #3 – Declaration!

Episode I – Declaration

 KB:  An American –
What is an American? 
1776!   Five men wrote a document
It’s name rings like a bell!
Here it comes: Declaration!

KB: The Words of Thomas Jefferson

 (Ben J.) In Congress, July 4th, 1776 declaration of the thirteen United States of America:
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator
With certain unalienable rights;
That among these are
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;
That to secure these rights
Governments are instituted among men,
Deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States,
Do solemnly publish and declare that these united colonies are,
And of right ought to be,
Free and independent states.
And, for the support of this Declaration,
We mutually pledge to each other
Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
(all students speak the underlined) 

Episode II.  Occupation 

KB: 1811 -The Words of Red Jacket of the Senecas –

Chief Red Jacket (Kyle C.)

Listen to what we say.
Listen to what we say.
There was a time when our fathers owned this great island.
Their seats extended from the rising to the setting sun.

Listen to what we say.
Our seats were once large and yours were small. 
You now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets.

Listen to what we Say
They wanted more land.
They wanted our country
Listen to what we say.
You have got our country.

(5th grade students movement with sparse drum beat)

Episode III.  Emancipation

Interlocutor (KB) : The United States of America – What is it?

Students responses: (Dancers enter on each line) 

One state has gold.
One state has iron.
One state has cotton.
Once, more than one state had slaves,
Now, no state has slaves.
Now every state has one deep word.
Here it comes:
Emancipation!  (4th graders move to text) 

KB: The Words of Abraham Lincoln

(Taylor B.)That government of the people
By the people,
And for the people shall not perish from the earth.       

Song - Follow the Drinking Gourd

(Taylor B.) I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, on this first day of January, in the year of our lord one thousand, eight hundred, and sixty-three, do order and declare: that all persons held as slaves shall be then, thenceforward and forever free. 

Walk Around

Episode IV. – Hold your Hold!

The Words of Sojourner Truth

(Emma N.) That man over there says that woman need to be helped in carriages and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.
Nobody ever helps me into carriages or over mud-, or give me any best place! 
And aint I a woman? 
Look at me! Look at my arm!
I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me!
And aint I woman?

Dance of the Suffragettes – 4th and 5th grade dancers 

KB The Words of Susan B. Anthony

(Kylie G.) We women have been standing here before the American Republic for thirty years, asking the men yet one step further
and extend the equality of rights
to all people
to the other half of people – the women. 
That is all that I stand here today to attempt to demand.  
Therefore the women demand a sixteenth amendment to bring to women the right to vote.

Walk Around

Episode V – The Immigrant

KB: The Words of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant

(Hanna H.) Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me,
Glows world-wide welcome…
I life my lamp beside the golden door!

 Dance of the Immigrant -  4th grade dancers

 KB: The Words of Jane Addams             

(Maddy C.) "America's future will be determined by the home and the school.
The child becomes largely what he is taught;
hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live."

Walk Around

Episode VI – The Worker

KB: The words of Mother Jones       

(Savannah L.) You are dealing with different class of workers today.
We have begun education; we have educated the workers and you can’t enslave them. This fight that you are in is the great industrial revolution that is permeating the heart of men over the world.
We are standing on the eve when the motherhood of the Nation will rise.
She will devote her life to the training of the human mind,
giving to the Nation great men and great women.

Song - Union Maid – Woody Guthrie verse and chorus  3, 4, and 5

KB: The Words of Henry Ford 

(Zackary G.) What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems,
we have great capacity, intellect, and resources – to do something about them.

Song - Union Maid – Woody Guthrie  - chorus only  3,4, and 5

KB: The words of Walter Reuther 

(Ian W.) We cannot meet the challenges in the world
unless we first meet the challenges at home. 
The American economy is freedoms’ greatest asset,
and if fully mobilized, is equal to meeting our needs at home
and our broader responsibilities in the world.
Let us put America back to work. 
Let the idle hands be put to work on idle machines.

Episode VII.  -  Justice for all… 

KB: The words of Dwight D. Eisenhower

(Adam P.) We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations.  Three of these involved our own country.  Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world.  Although we are proud, we must realize that America’s leadership does not depend on our material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

KB: The words of John F. Kennedy

(Dalron G.) And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.  My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the Freedom of Man. 

Song - My Country Tis of Thee…  all singers grades 3 and

KB: The Words of Martin Luther King

(Austin H.) Now is the time to make the real promise of democracy.
I have a dream that my four little children
will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that one day… little black boys and black girls
will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls
as sisters and brothers. 
I have a dream today.

Dance of Justice – 3rd grade dancers

Episode VII. – Our Land: To Protect and Defend

Rachel Carson

(Maggie M.) The “control of nature” is a phrase conceived in arrogance.
Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.

America the Beautiful – Katherine Lee Bates –
All singers grades 3 and 4

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