SOME COVERS OF THE NOVEL - What can we work out about the story or the tone or symbols?



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Read this poem by Adrian Mitchell.



BACK IN THE PLAYGROUND BLUES

I dreamed I was back in the playground, I was about four feet high
Yes I dreamed I was back in the playground, standing about four feet high
Well the playground was three miles long and the playground was five miles wide

It was broken black tarmac with a high wire fence all around
Broken black dusty tarmac with a high fence running all around
And it had a special name to it, they called it The Killing Ground

Got a mother and a father they're one thousand years away
The rulers of the Killing Ground are coming out to play
Everybody thinking: ‘Who they going to play with today?’

Well you get it for being Jewish
And you get it for being black
You get it for being chicken
And you get it for fighting back
You get it for being big and fat
Get it for being small
Oh those who get it get it and get it
For any damn thing at all

Sometimes they take a beetle, tear off its six legs one by one
Beetle on its black back, rocking in the lunchtime sun
But a beetle can’t beg for mercy, a beetle’s not half the fun

I heard a deep voice talking, it had that iceberg sound
‘It prepares them for Life’ - but I have never found
Any place in my life worse than The Killing Ground.

You can see and hear Mitchell perform it HERE.


Mitchell says this poem is like a blues song. Here's a famous blues song; can you see the similarities?




I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please."

I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

I'm going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
I'm going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.
You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy Willie Brown.
And I'm standing at the crossroads, believe I'm sinking down.

TASK

Get into groups. NO MORE than four!
– Your job is to raise awareness about issues of bullying in schools.
– First task is to decide HOW to raise awareness. Posters? Movies? Presentation?
Adverts? Web page? A mixture of these approaches? You'll need to discuss your idea with your group.
– Second task is to start planning / making what you have decided to do. We will
continue with this next week, then you have a week to finish off for homework – so
plan what you can manage IN THAT TIME. I'll be looking to see who has the
organisational skills to choose an appropriate task or set of tasks and who can
actually finish it. Post your ideas on your page here so I
can see what you are planning!
– Remember – PRESENTATION MATTERS. Show me those Mac skills!


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