"Molly's Story"
Lyrics by ELL Students at Portland Adult Ed
Music by Putnam Smith
By request of the teacher of this English Language Learners level 4 class, this workshop incorporated several elements into our song: 1) Simple past tense, 2) Wh- questions, 3) narrative from the story they’d been working on, Molly Bannaky, about an indentured servant woman in colonial times, who wins her own freedom and ends up marrying a freed slave. In the recording, you can hear the voices of all the students, singing along while reading the lyrics up on the board. Apparently, the students were singing this song for weeks after the workshop! The song was written and recorded all within the space of an 80 minute workshop.